Ruth Awad


Author's Bio

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, Pleiades, 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 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 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.

Publications & Prizes

Set to Music a Wildfire (SIR Press, 2017)
Prizes won: 
  • Winner of the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry, Ohioana Library Association, 2018
  • Winner of the Michael Waters Poetry Prize, SIR Press, 2016
  • Recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in poetry, 2016
  • Nomination, Pushcart Prize, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize Winner, 2012 and 2013      
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Alumni Association Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, 2012
  • Academy of American Poets Prize, 2012
  • Copper Nickel Poetry Contest Winner, 2011
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Roxana Rivera Poetry Contest Winner, 2011
  • The Ohio State University: Citino Undergraduate Poetry Award, 2009
  • The Ohio State University: Reba Elaine Pearl Burkhardt Roorbach Award in Creative Nonfiction, 2009
  • The Ohio State University: Gertrude Lucille Robinson Award, 2009
  • The Ohio State University: Vandewater Poetry Award, 2009
  • Academy of American Poets: Arthur Rense Poetry Prize, 2008

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Arab American
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Last update: Jun 07, 2019