Hi, I'm Ruth.

Photo by Kate Sweeney

Photo by Kate Sweeney

Here’s my 100% profesh bio – use it as you see fit:

Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, Poem-a-Day, The New Republic, The BPleiades, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review Poem of the Week, Sixth Finch, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl Poetry, Epiphany, BOAAT Journal, and elsewhere.

Her work also appears in the anthologies New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims (Red Hen Press, 2021), Making Mirrors: Writing/Righting by and for Refugees (Interlink Books, 2019), The Orison Anthology, Vol. 3 (Orison Books, 2019), Bettering American Poetry Volume 2 (Bettering Books, 2017), 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 Lilly Fellowship. She and Rachel Mennies co-edit The Familiar Wild: On Dogs & Poetry, an anthology forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2020. She is currently the guest poetry editor for Epiphany Magazine.

She has lead and facilitated numerous poetry workshops, including the OSU Young Writers Workshop, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Central New Mexico Community College, and elsewhere.

She has an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and she copy edits for Button Poetry. She writes and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her band of Pomeranians.


This Is My Book

You can buy it directly from Southern Indiana Review Press, SPD, or Amazon. Want a preview? Read some featured poems from the collection, learn about its creation, and check out the praise

If you want a signed copy, send me a message.


This Is My Day Job

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I'm a writer, and to pay the bills, I work full-time as a content director for a home insurance startup and freelance as a copywriter and editor. I have more than seven years of professional content management, copywriting, and editing experience to my name. I like to keep things simple and engaging. Contact me if you're tired of your website putting people to sleep.


This Is the Way to My Heart

Pete, love of my life

Pete, love of my life

I love animals. Like really love animals. If you want to win some favor with me, just send me a Pomeranian. I'll make it work. 

I currently have three Pomeranians, Bowie, Winnie, and Bub. Pete, my companion of 11 years, died in January 2017, and Tobi, my adopted old cloud, died October 2018. Dear reader, my heart has never recovered.

Bowie, sky bear

Bowie, sky bear

I'm also a vegan but I try not to be annoying about it. I'm happy to swap recipes or send along cookbook recommendations if you're new to this brave world.

I tattoo in my free time (read: so, like, not often. At all). My mother, who is also a tattoo artist, trained me. 

Winnie, the regal stump fox

Winnie, the regal stump fox

Tobi, cloud king

Tobi, cloud king

Bub, hellion, hex

Bub, hellion, hex

Asher, pig moon

Asher, pig moon

Lastly, I'm a jewelry collector, tarot enthusiast, and indie perfume aficionado with strong opinions about nearly everything, but I love to dissect TV and pop music in particular. Check out my blog to see how hard I obsess over poets I admire and animals.