Ruth Van Alstine was born in Oneonta, New York. She was encouraged by one of her school teachers to write poetry, and she fell in love with the craft and has never laid down her pen. Fifty odd years later, she has been published around the world. A few of the publications include The Parnassus of World Poets Anthology, Bridge in Making out of India, Cadence, and (a) River Rising, Blooms 2020 and(a) River Rising, Roots and Branches 2021. She has hosted poetry open mics from Miami South Beach in the 90’s to Palo Alto, California and has always been active in the literary and poetry community. Active with the North Florida Poetry Hub she hosts regular on-line poetry workshops, open mics, and live poetry cultural events in the Northeast Florida area. She is editor and publisher for Rising Moon Press in Jacksonville, Florida.
She is a member of the Ancient City Poets of St. Augustine, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Membership Chair for the Florida State Poets Association and is President of North Florida Poetry Hub, a local Chapter of the Florida State Poets Association in Jacksonville, Florida.
A creative artist of handcrafts, in 2020 she has developed a passion for acrylic multimedia art painting. In 2021 she discovered the method of fluid art, which has led to yet another outlet of creative expression and her work is shown at the St Augustine Beach Art Gallery and the 2022 “Oceans” Exhibit with Women Writing For (a) Change.