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TALKING GOURDS POETRY: RUTH DUFFY & MIKE OLSCHEWSKY
The Talking Gourds present the dynamite husband & wife duo from Nucla -- Ruth Duffy and Mike Olschewsky. Ruth Ann Duffy was born in the north country, raised in Beer City and attended the University of Wisconsin there, earning a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. Hitchhiking west, she landed in Nucla, Colorado, fell in love, married, moved to the Navajo Reservation and learned to be a teacher. She has published rarely and sporadically, but continues writing small poems and strange short stories that she stashes in the bottom drawer of her Goodwill desk. Mike Olschewsky left Cleveland in 1975, wound up in Nucla. In Cleveland – you’ve got to be tough. Nucla too. He has a MS in Physics. He taught math and science for 11 years in Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. Later, he taught for 20 years in Nucla/Norwood on the White Person’s Reservation.