Scott Ruescher is the author of the full-length poetry collection Waiting for the Light to Change (Prolific Press, 2017) and of two earlier chapbooks. He has won Able Muse’s Write Prize, Poetry Quarterly‘s Rebecca Lard Award, and, twice, the New England Poetry Club‘s Erika Mumford Prize for poetry about travel and international culture. His poems have appeared in About Place, AGNI, Common Ground Review, Negative Capability, Nine Mile, Pangyrus, Ploughshares, Solstice, and many other publications. From 2002 until 2020 he worked for the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and taught English in the Boston University Prison Education Program. Now retired, he writes publicity for The Neighborhood Developers in Chelsea, Mass., and helps out in English-language and citizenship classes at the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden.
Most of the poems in Waiting for the Light to Change, published by Prolific Press in 2017, first appeared in poetry periodicals and other places, and almost all of them in two subsequent chapbooks as well, Sidewalk Tectonics (published by Pudding House in 2009) and Perfect Memory (published by Finishing Line Press in 2014). A new full-length manuscript is in the works.
Since 2022, Scott has been writing stories about clients of The Neighborhood Developers, a Community Development Corporation that serves the majority-immigrant towns of Chelsea, Everett, and Revere across the Tobin Bridge from downtown Boston. Some of his pieces appear on the "news and events" page of the TND website: https://www.theneighborhooddevelopers.org/news-and-events; others in The Neighborhood Scoop, file:///Users/owner/Downloads/TND%20Newsletter%202022_PRINT_No%20bleed%20(1).pdf; and some in the newsletters of TND's CONNECT office.
From 1999 to 2005 or so, Scott wrote monthly features for the online, Boston-based journal ArtsEditor:
During the same period at the start of this millennium, Scott wrote profiles of New England studio potters, such as Judith Motzkin, Paul Heroux, Mark Shapiro, Sarah Spademan, Nancy Selvage, Chris Gustin, and Diana Thomas, for Ceramics Monthly. During this period he also wrote a couple of pieces for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s monthly journal, Appalachia, a couple for ReVista (a periodical published by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard), several narrative “commentaries” on social issues and for the Cambridge community newspapers, and short profiles of alumni of the Harvard Graduate School of Education for Ed. magazine. Unfortunately, most of those articles are not available online.