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Ruth Ticktin

A Collection of Writings

     Recently Published Books


"Today, on the constantly moving waterside, I’m confronted and

surrounded by conscious belonging. Clear, sunny and cloudy pieces appear…

Disparate strands of genes commingle. Notes of music twirl at will… Shapes

form witnessing the crashing waves. Mantra song of lake bay river stream

ocean… Stays moves rolls rushes rises."

Ruth Ticktin writes in  Was Am GoingRecollections in Poetry and Flash

Available:    Bookshop  Barnes&Noble                                      

                    Amazon      BookDepository


Published by New Bay Books  

Reviews: Toasted Cheese Literary Journal

"Her journey through life and across the US starts in the Midwest, and it is broken into three parts. The first

part takes her from growing up in Madison, Wisconsin to a post-college solo trip to the west coast and Mexico.

It starts with her as a little girl by “the water’s edge,” which is the title of her first poem. It then goes on with

a few more flash fiction pieces describing her growing up. The fiction pieces are written in a pattern of one

short line after another, mimicking the look of poetry though the words definitely have the feel of prose. Part

Three takes the title of the first poem in the book, “The Water’s Edge.” The book ends on a very optimistic note

which summarizes the tone of the book, optimistic and uplifting." Bill Lockwood 9/1/22


"In Ruth Ticktin's recollection 'Was Am Going' we are treated to nuggets of her life's experiences, expressed in poetry and flash and peppered with a sense of abandon and humor that makes the reader wish the author would go on and on and on." Tovi Glaser


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What's Ahead? Transitioning from Adult Education to a Career


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Art in the Time of COVID-19 (Contributor)

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Psalms for Contemplation, Translations by Max Ticktin

Edited by Deborah McCants and Ruth Ticktin

About the Collection - video intro




Bending Genres Anthology 2018/2019 (Contributor)


                     Press Pause Volume 6.
                      May 2022 (



Online Publications

          The palpable fear surrounding him helped bury his sadness. Trieste people on the street, at work, and in the rooming house spoke among themselves.

          “What will happen next?” “We are certain to be under the fascist leadership of Italy.” “We must leave.” Semso, alone, was devoid of fear.
Out of nowhere, he had received a strange offer to start anew and he trusted that he could accept.

                                                           (excerpt from novel)

     Except when the winter raged, Walt got up early each morning. Before going to work, he’d walk a mile on the path till he hit the cliffs and the way became rocky. Then turning around, he’d watch the sun, sky, water, ducks, and gulls. People passed him, some runners, some guys his age with headphones in their ears, and the occasional photographer. Most politely said hello, but Walt wasn’t interested or curious. As winter set in there were fewer people strolling on the path. He needed the tranquility to last. If he’d been a praying man, his walking songs would be his prayer.                     (excerpt from novel)


          Dara would practice putting

her head underwater like the ducks

did; with her head on the surface of the water, pretending to eat, then out to breathe, and another smooth in-out, down and up. …

          “Tadorna, that’s the science family name of the orange ducks you see here. Your Pa told me this, … he made up a song we used to sing to you, “Ya Dara, Fly Tadorna.”    (excerpt from novel)

Great War and After
Scarlet Leaf Review

Get Up and Sing Now
WWPH Writes #4

Ya Dara, Fly Tadorna
Academy of the Heart & Mind


The morning of the fall, was preceded by

peaceful walks… of striking beauty.

Even on those rare occasions when she didn’t

get outdoors to view the rising of the sun,

her days were more serene and calm than

they had been in decades.

Acquiring and moving to the little house

in Conoy, close to the Chesapeake Bay and

footsteps from her path, had been the best

decision she’d made."

(excerpt from novel)   

A Fall on the Path: Literary Yard



Walt understood that he was one of few to have

survived mostly intact. He proceeded to write bad poetry, recited or sang off-key while washing dishes


Looking at the sky, at the cloudy day, I keep wondering

will sky ever appear? 

Cumulus puffy clouds, or stratus straight and gray
will sky ever not be, 
bombs strangling gas fires, sulphuric explosions?"

(excerpt from novel) 

Battles Soothed Briefly 

PressPausePress vol.6



“Take with you this memory,” Georg said, “You will travel

from Trieste, a territory of gloom to America, a place of bloom;

to a land untouched by all these warring empires.”

Words Semso would remembered for years.

Roaming the tracks of his heart, he wondered,

“Why was gloom to bloom, sjeta do cveteti, never actually true?”

Instead, fate dictated a return lap on the track for Semso,

from bloom to gloom."



 In the Same Boat: Zvona i Nari

2/22/2023 ZiN Daily

List of Curated Work


Was Am Going, Recollections in Poetry and Flash (Jan. 2022, New Bay Books, purchase Bookshopreviews in goodreads

                               The 94-page $12.00 book includes 20 story excerpts and poetry first printed:       Or purchase: Barnes. Amazon

           A-Z Notes (Journal of Undiscovered Poets Issue #3 Jan. 2022)

Brooklyn Generations (Kind Writers Issue #2 Dec. 2021)

From Those Who Came Before Us (Potato Soup Journal 10-10-20)

Friend Scene  (Ink and Sword Issue 18)

My First Apartment (Yellow Mama issue 81) Wrong (Yellow Mama issue 79)  

A conversation about before  (Art in the Time of Covid-19, San Fedele Press) (8-20)

A Perspective (Please See Me) (7-20)

To Us  (Table Debate 7-17-20)

4 Poems (DASH Literary Journal - Daybreak Footsteps Stories Balance) (5-20)

to Washington DC  (Thin Air Magazine) (9-19) 

While Walking (Genre Urban Arts. Print-No-7) (4-19)

Donde Crece la Palma (Bending Genres Anthology 2018-2019) 

Brief Brave Journeys  (Niveous Magazine)(9-18)

When in High School (RCC Muse Literary Journal) (Spring 2018)

Taking In (English Club)(12-17)    

It’s All Right (Writing for Our Lives 1997)

Appreciation (Metropolitan Times 7/22/1997)

What's Ahead? Transitioning from Adult Education to Career (co-author, ProLingua Learning. 2013)

Psalms for Contemplation Translations by Max Ticktin (co-editor, Poetica Publishing 2020)

Fiction & Poetry: 

Novel excerpts:

In the Same Boat (Departure) ZvonaiNari, ZiN Daily 2/2023

Battles Soothed Briefly (Press Pause Press volume 6 March 2022)

Great War and After (Scarlet Leaf Review August 2021)

Get Up and Sing Now (Washington Writers, WWPH Writes #4 June 2021)

Ya Dara, Fly Tadorna (Academy of the Heart and Mind 11-17-20

A Fall on the Path  (Literary Yard 10-7-20)

Upwards Look (Maryland Bards Poetry Review 3/2023)

Returned (Maryland Writers Association  Blog 2/2023)

Sitting  (Writing in a Woman's Voice Jan.2023)

Puzzles (Star 82 Review 10.1 Mar.15,2022)

College Course (Storyhouse)(Aug.2019)

A Child of … (Currents 1999)

Mixing It Up (Storyteller 1997)

Short Fiction 3 (Inner Visions 1997)
Burned (SLUG fest, Ltd. 1996)


Integrated Skills (WATESOL 9/2016)

Juror’s Verdict (Washington Post 9/6/2001)

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Interview excerpt with Ruth Ticktin from

Q: As your subtitle — Recollections in Poetry and Flash, suggests, this is a book written in two different forms. Which makes me curious on two scores: How and why?

A: We all have short attention spans, so I wanted to tell stories in bits and pieces, like our disjointed lives. Sometimes a poem conveyed the mood and conversation or details wasn’t necessary. Other times, I wanted the challenge of cutting down a traditional story arc to under 1,000 words, a flash, in order to find an essence.


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Nominated Fiction in WWPH Writes           

Washington Writers Publishing House 2021.

Fun with Words submitted 2/23/23.

100-wd. "Returned." to the blog

About the Writer

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          photo by Margarita Corporan

Ruth Ticktin has coordinated international programs, advised students, and taught English language skills and writing in MD and Washington DC since 1977.

Raised in Madison and Chicago, graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Ruth encourages sharing stories. She teaches and learns, inspired by students and family.

Presenter at National College Transition Network, 2018 and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, 2016​.

Creative writing includes cross-genre: textbook, creative non-fiction, poetry, and fiction. Recipient of 2020 workshop grant from Poets and Writers.

Honorary co-president 2022

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