Camping in the Galaxy Book Release


Article Contributed by
Walt McLaughlin
Publisher, Wood Thrush Books

Camping in the Galaxy is a collection of haibun – compact prose pieces accompanied by haiku – and well-crafted essays that celebrate the natural world without turning a blind eye to the ravages of human impact. Helen Ruggieri cultivates a sense of place as she recounts life in the Allegheny bioregion of Western New York, both past and present, as well as her childhood in Pennsylvania coal country. She writes about Native Americans, deer, groundhogs, wild grasses, Zen gardens, small town life, river walking, maple trees, sunsets, the seasons and much more, occasionally dipping into folklore and mythology. The result is a blending of contemporary American culture with the beauty and wonder of nature that reveals an unspoken truth about the way we live.
Helen Ruggieri is a writer, teacher and award-winning haiku poet. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over a hundred periodicals, both at home and abroad. She has half a dozen books in print, including The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time (Mayapple Press, 2015), and Butterflies Under a Japanese Moon (Kitsune Books, 2011). She also edited a regional anthology published a few years ago, Written On Water: Writings About the Allegheny River. Helen holds an MFA from Penn State, taught writing at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA for twenty years, and spent a semester in Yokohama, Japan where she cultivated her interest in early Japanese literature. She currently resides in Olean, New York.
Helen will be signing and reading her book at The University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA in the Mukaiyama University Room on Monday, April 1st at 7 p.m. and again at the Olean Meditation Center in Olean, NY on Tuesday, April 30th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. She will also appear in Woodstock, Canandaigua and other places throughout the region during the next few months.
For more information, to request a review copy, or to place orders for this book, contact:

Wood Thrush Books
Walt McLaughlin, Publisher
27 Maple Grove Estates
Swanton, Vermont 05488
Phone: (802) 238-3152

To arrange a book signing, reading or interview, contact Ms. Ruggieri directly by email: