Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind
Dartmouth Alumnae Film Series

Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind

with filmmaker Nora Jacobson '74 in person
April 08, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

An intimate, vivid portrait of Vermont Poet Laureate Ruth Stone.

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Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind trailer


From award-winning local filmmaker and Dartmouth alumna Nora Jacobson '74 comes a remembrance and celebration of Vermont Poet Laureate Ruth Stone. This lyrical documentary showcases the hard-won wisdom and irrepressible creativity that infuses Stone's work. Weaving together a tapestry of interviews with friends, family and colleagues, archival footage from poetry readings, and clips from Sidney Wolinsky's 1973 short film about Stone, The Excuse, along with animation from Stone's granddaughter Bianca, Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind is an intimate and textured portrait of an earthy and elegant woman, and a bold poet through and through. 

A discussion with Nora Jacobson '74 and Bianca Stone will follow the screening.

D: Nora Jacobson '74, US, 2021, 1h16m

Part of the Dartmouth Alumnae Film Series

Nora Jacobson is an award-winning independent filmmaker who works in narrative film as well as documentary. She is devoted to telling stories of women, social justice, cultural diversity and place. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Herb Lockwood Award for Excellence in the Arts, among other awards. Her films have been shown theatrically, on PBS, at Sundance, the New York Film Festival, and many other venues and festivals.


Bianca Stone is the author of the poetry collections What Is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022), The Möbius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018), Someone Else's Wedding Vows (Octopus Books and Tin House, 2014). She collaborated with Anne Carson on the illuminated version of Antigonick (New Directions, 2012). Her work has appeared in many magazines, such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The Nation. She teaches classes on poetry, poetics and creative writing in Vermont at the literary nonprofit organization, the Ruth Stone House. She is also editor-at-large for ITERANT magazine, and hosts Ode & Psyche Podcast.

“A remarkable portrait of a remarkable life... How do grief and language shape us? Using both a poet’s and filmmaker’s tools, Jacobson expertly weaves each of these threads in Ruth Stone’s story, creating a documentary that beautifully manages to remember, to elegize, and to ultimately sing.”

Tyler Meier, The Poetry Center, University of Arizona
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