Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ruth Allison Coates  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1915 in Mt. Carmel, Illinois

-- Ruth Allison Coates on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ruth was born and raised in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ruth Allison Coates was a poet and writer, and a personal friend of Carl Sandburg for many years. She had been published by ''Teen Magazine'', ''Boys' Life'', ''The Minnesota Review''and numerous other literary magazines, and by ''Rand McNally''. She had been a writers' workshop leader at Ball State and McKendree College.Always a writer at heart, Ruth continued to write until her death in April, 2003.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Great American Naturalists (Pull Ahead Book)
ISBN: 0822504677

Lerner Pub Group. 1974

Brief biographies of fourteen men and women who dedicated their lives to studying some aspect of nature.

Waiting for the Westbound
ISBN: 0943734266

Ocean Tree Books. 1992

Walking Toward Eternity
ISBN: 0970460449

Honeycomb Resources. 2003

From more than eighty years' wisdom, the poetry of Ruth Allison Coates touches on life as it truly is. Issues of citizenship, discipleship and stewardship run subtly through the thoughts and lines of her writing.