Welcome to the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association (RSMA) Website





 1931 Publicity Photo of Ruth SuckowAn informal photo of Ruth, enjoying the outdoors.Ruth and Ferner on their wedding trip to California, 1929. Photo of Ruth with a cat.

This is the Ruth Suckow Website: a website dedicated to the work of noted Iowa author Ruth Suckow and her husband Ferner Nuhn. 


Ruth Suckow was a famous writer with Iowa roots; this website was created by the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association (RSMA) to celebrate her literary legacy, and to help readers find information about her life and work--as well as provide access to some of her short stories. 

She was born in Hawarden, Iowa: her father was a Congregational minister and the family lived in eight cities around the state. She married Ferner Nuhn in 1929: he was a young writer, critic, and artist from Cedar Falls and eleven years younger. After their marriage they traveled around the country, spending time at several writers' colonies, including Yaddo in New York. Ferner wrote of his wife's love of Iowa: “Always she returned to Iowa, rejoicing in the superb farm land, tree- shaded towns, and unpretentious friendly people.”

They lived in New Mexico and Washington, D. C. and spent a summer with Robert Frost in his Vermont home. However, they always returned to Iowa, where they twice lived in Cedar Falls, until health problems led them to move to Arizona and then California, where she died in 1960. Several years after her death, Ferner remarried, and he and Georgia helped to establish the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association in 1966 to make sure that new generations of readers would be able to read her short stories and books.

Annual Meeting 2019

Liane Nichols reprised her performance at 1:00, after our annual meeting which was held on Saturday, June 15 at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls.
We lunched on the lovely outdoor patio at the Hearst after having our Annual Meeting.

Liane Nichols last fall

Officers for 2019-2020

President:  Barbara Lounsberry

Vice President:  Ken Lyftogt

Secretary:  Jim Schaap 

Treasurer:  Carol Watson 

Read Suckow's Stories On Iowa Digital Heritage

RSMA President Barbara Lounsberry worked hard to get Ruth Suckow's stories on the Iowa Digital Heritage website. The first set of stories is about Iowa women's lives. There are now nineteen short stories plus her novelette, "A Part of the Institution" in all, thanks to the hard work of one of our newest members, Roy Kenagy. Thanks, Roy!   

Read Barbara's essay introducing the stories, putting them into context, with a brief summary.

Follow the link below to go to the website.

Then click on "People and Biographies."  

The Ruth Suckow Short Story Collection is on page 7--if you want to take a look or to direct others to these stories.  Once you see the story, scroll down and you can read the description and other information.  If you then click on the red box, by the page at the top, the story will come up and there is a "pop up" button in the right-hand corner.  If you click on that, it makes the story even bigger and easier to read or to print out.

Updates from the University of Iowa's Special Collections, 2018

Go to our RSMA News link to see some new Suckow materials posted by the Special Collections, including an excerpt from Ruth's unfinished novel (and an introduction by Ferner).

To view materials in the Suckow Papers at the University of Iowa's Special Collections, visit http://aspace.lib.uiowa.edu/repositories/2/resources/3236

RSMA President Barbara Lounsberry doing research at the Special Collections.

RSMA Founder Ferner Nuhn is on Wikipedia.  

We have posted pictures of some of his artwork: Figures of the 30s.
Please check out the page on Ferner (Resources on Ferner Nuhn) as well as Mentions to discover what other websites are saying about Suckow & RSMA (Links to Posts on Blogs), Writing about Suckow (for another chance to read Marsha's poem on Suckow), and RSMA News (for updates about projects and events).  

We have replicated the Wikipedia entry on our site--on the page about Ferner. Written by webmaster Cherie Dargan, it draws from the hard work of several writers and historians in our group from the past, including Dorothy Grant.

In addition, the Ruth Suckow website may look the same, but we were approved for Google Apps for Non-Profits in 2013, which gives us a larger web space.

Ferner's Art is now here! Check out his sketches of fellow participants at some of the Writer's Workshops he and Ruth attended at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, retreats established to give writers and artists a place to spend time creating their work. He called this collection of paintings "Figures of the 30s."

Find a reference to Suckow, a new photo, or have information about one of Ruth or Ferner's relatives?
Please contact Cherie, webmaster, at cheriedargan@gmail.com. 

Some people find us through the Wikipedia article on Ruth Suckow; however, if you haven't seen it yet, here it is. The article was written by Michael Dargan, the original webmaster for the first Suckow website.

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Last updated October 22, 2019
Cherie Dargan, Webmaster
Original website created and maintained by Michael Dargan