Meet Ruth

Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (forthcoming in 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Missouri Review Poem of the Week, Sixth Finch, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, Rattle, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl Poetry, Epiphany, Drunken Boat, Atticus Review, and in the anthologies The Hundred Years' War: Modern War Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press, 2015), and Poets on Growth (Math Paper Press, 2015). She won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship.

She has an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and she is the assistant poetry editor at Atticus Review and the blog editor at Agape Editions. She writes and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, two Pomeranians, and two ungrateful bunnies.


Oh, You Want to Know More?

Long and short of it, Ruth is a writer. She's a poet, certainly, but to pay the bills, she works full time as a content manager and strategist at Insureon / TechInsurance (an online small business insurance agency) and freelances as a copywriter and editor. She has six years of professional copywriting and editing experience to her name, and she has a real knack for keeping things simple and engaging. Contact her if you're tired of your website putting people to sleep.

Photo by Alexis Woods Photography 


Points of Interest

Ruth loves animals. Like really loves animals. If you want to win some good favor with her, just send her a Pomeranian. She'll make room. 

Her love for her dogs borders on religious. She has two Pomeranians, Bowie and Winnie. Pete, her beloved companion of 11 years, died in January 2017, and Ruth's heart has been broken ever since.

Bowie & Pete in their usual state.

Bowie & Pete in their usual state.

She's also a vegan, and that means she's happy to swap recipes or send along cookbook recommendations if you're new to this brave world.

Ruth tattoos in her free time (read: so, like, not often. At all). Her mother, who is also a tattoo artist, trained her. 

Lastly, Ruth is a jewelry collector and indie perfume aficionado. She has strong opinions about nearly everything, but she loves to dissect TV and pop music in particular. Check out her blog to see how hard she obsesses over poets she admires and animals.