Alumni: Ruth Nolan

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Ruth NolanRuth Nolan is a widely-published poet and prose writer, and also Professor of English and Creative Writing at College of the Desert. She writes about desert culture, the arts, heritage and conservation for award-winning KCET Los Angeles at;
and for the Riverside CA Press Enterprise at’s poetry and prose has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Rattling Wall Issue 4; New California Writing/Heyday; the Sierra Club Desert Report Magazine; Orangelandia;  San Diego Poetry Annual 2014; Dandelion Breeze; Fresh Ink;  Tin Cannon; Night Becomes the Night – Los Angeles Noir Poetry; Crow and Raven: California Writers on Crows and Ravens; Inlandia: A Literary Journey; Pacific Review; Phantom Seed; Coachella Valley Archaeology Society Magazine and Ghost Republic. She is the editor of No Place for a Puritan: the literature ofCalifornia’s deserts (Heyday Books 2009,) and a contributor to Heyday’slandmark anthology Inlandia: A Literary Journey through SouthernCalifornia’s Inland Empire. She is a founding member of and serves on the advisory committee for the Inlandia Institute, and has led community writing workshops throughout southern California for many years. She lectures widely inacademic and various public settings on issues related to California desert literature, culture, and conservation. She is currently working on abook-length memoir and on her first full-length collection of poetry. More ofher work can be read on her blog at and she can also be reached at and twitter @ruthnolan. She is a current residency of Palm Desert.