Ruthelen Burns

Ruthelen  Burns Biography: Ruthelen was born in Indianapolis. An artist as well as a poet, she has shown her work at Southern Methodist University, Herron School of Art and the Indianapolis Art Center. In poetry circles she is known as an “Airpoet” as a result of being selected for Martin Donlin’s Indiana Window Series, Night, 2007 at the new Weir Cook terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport. She has done numerous readings and poetry events across Indiana, in addition to readings at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and the country of El Salvador. She divides her time between Northern New Mexico and Carmel, Indiana, where she currently lives on a farm with her husband, three children, two cats and a dog. Education: BFA-Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. - BFA MA-Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. – MS in Marriage and Family Therapy Resume: *Collaborated with British glass artist Martin Donlin, as a result of being chosen as one of six poets to have the poem “Echoes” included in Martin Donlin’s Indiana Windows Series, Night, 2007 at the new Indianapolis International Airport. *Wrote, read and published partially on a permanent plaque, the dedication for the Michael Graves designed Arts Park at the Indianapolis Art Center, summer 2007. *Participant in Indiana Poet Laureate Joyce Brinkman’s “Sporting Words” for the National Museum of Sport Art, Spring 2008. *Participant, America Scores: training techniques for teaching children sports poetry clinics. *Published the Anthology, Rivers, Rails and Runways, with Norbert, Krapf and Joyce Brinkman, current and past Indiana Poet Laureates respectively, Joe Heithaus of DePauw University, and Jeannie Deeter Smith, San Francisco Bay Press, 2008. *By invitation, read at the Library of Congress representing Indiana poets as the “Airpoets”, December 2008. *Multiple readings as “Airpoets” in Indiana: Rensellear, Putnam Co. and Indianapolis area. *Wrote and dedicated a thirty-three year retirement tribute for Joyce Sommers, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Art Center. *Read at Words on Wings for the Indiana Historic Bureau in the Indiana State Library, an event featuring nine IN. published poets at the invitation of IN. Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf. *Participant in a two part The Art of Poetry, a collaboration pairing artists and poets in Zionsville, In., with follow up reading at Indiana Humanities Council. October 2009. *Recipient of a Mayor of Quazaltepeque, El Salvador, C.A., Proclamation of cultural service to the city for participation in teaching at schools and conducting a mural project combining art and poetry in translation. Cultural Exchange lead by the Quino Caso Cultural Center, where local El Salvadorian poets and Indiana poets dialogued, translated and shared poetry, concepts of writing and more. October 2009 *Participant in the making of a two-part Across Indiana WFYI documentary, highlighting poetry in Indiana, and specifically our Cultural Exchange in El Salvador listed above. *The Place of Poetry Reading sponsored by the IUPUI University Library, October 2009. * Published “Fallen” in the Tipton Poetry Journal, winter, 2009. *Nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize for “Fallen” by Tipton Poetry Journal. Status pending.