RUTH E. WALKER, author of the novel LIVING UNDERGROUND (Seraphim Editions, 2012), is also a poet, playwright, editor, and creative writing workshop facilitator who has published in Canada, the US, and the UK. Her award-winning writing has appeared in literary publications, anthologies, and periodicals including Prairie Fire, The Montreal Poetry Prize Longlist Anthology, Geist, CV2 – Contemporary Verse 2, River King Poetry Supplement (US), Rain Dog (UK), Chapman (Scotland), Canadian Children’s Literature, Signatures, Tuesday’s Child, Being Unquiet, Canadian Architecture and Design, Canadian Living, The Toronto Sun, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, as well as in online publications. She twice won the Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest, was a semi-finalist in the Chapters/ Robertson Davies First Novel Competition, placed 3rd in the 2007 Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award competition, was longlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize, and nominated for a National Magazine Award.
As a playwright, her work has been staged in local community theatres and public venues including the Whitby Courthouse Theatre. In 2008 StoneCircle Theatre hosted staged readings of her most recent play, “The House of Mrs. Glass”, in their New Play Development program.
Ruth is a graduate of Trent University, and a professional writer and editor for the Ontario government. She is also: a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC); a founding editor and publisher of the literary journal LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview (1998-2007); a past president and long-time member of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR); a founder and former organizing committee member of the acclaimed Words in Whitby Reading Series; a former member of the Driftwood Theatre Group’s Board of Directors; a long-serving volunteer on various non-profit arts initiatives; and a creative writing workshop facilitator through Writescape. In 2007, Ruth was named one of four artists in residence at Durham Alternative Secondary School, through an Ontario Arts Council-funded pilot project.
A resident of Whitby, Ontario, she continues to teach and to write.
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A note from Ruth . . .
“I remember the moment I first learned to read; my stubby toddler finger following the path my mother’s long elegant fingernail travelled beneath the simple words of Fun With Dick and Jane. Once I saw the pattern of matching symbol to sound, I knew right away, ‘this is magic, this is power, this is the key.’ Ironically, it wasn’t until I’d nearly reached my fortieth year that I began to creatively mine the motherlode of language. Now, more than a decade later, I’m still tapping it, trailing rich veins of words. And every day, something new, maybe even astonishing, reveals itself.”
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Media Information . . .
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Printable CV and publishing history available here.
Ruth’s member profile on The Writers’ Union of Canada website can be found here.