About J. Ruth Gendler
Artist, writer, and teacher J. Ruth Gendler is committed to the transformational
potential of the arts. Her experience with the rhythms of creativity is evidenced
by a diverse background in art, writing, publishing, teaching, and lecturing. Her
first published piece (when she was 8) described how she wanted to go to the Louvre
and see the paintings. This was followed the next year by three poems about color.
She has been interested in the intersection of art and writing, language and vision
ever since then.
Gendler is the author of The Book of Qualities and
the editor of Changing Light: The Eternal Cycle of Night
and Day. The Book of Qualities, now in its 40th printing, has
been adapted as a two act theater piece and translated into German, Japanese, and
Chinese, as well as being widely excerpted in literary, psychological and educational
publications. In addition to personal essays and poems, Gendler writes about the arts,
education, health, and books. Her art work has been exhibited nationally.
Gendler has taught writing and art in a variety of settings for twenty years. She has
been an artist in residence with both California Poets in the Schools and Young Audiences
of the Bay Area and leads writing and creativity workshops nationally.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Gendler received her B.A. in English and
Communications from Stanford University.