Ruth Joffre is the author of Night Beast and Other Stories. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, The Masters Review, Lightspeed, Hayden's Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Nashville Review, Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, The Offing, Fiction Southeast, and elsewhere, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Journal, and Drunken Boat. Her nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, The Gay & Lesbian Review, and elsewhere.
Ruth was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Her mother was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1950, and Ruth has taken her mother's maiden name to honor her. Since leaving home, Ruth has lived in Ithaca, Iowa City, Seattle, and Rome. She graduated with honors from Cornell University, where she won the Arthur Lynn Andrews Prize for Fiction and the George Harmon Coxe Award for Creative Writing. Ruth went on to earn her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has studied under many renowned writers, including Lan Samantha Chang, Marilynne Robinson, Ayana Mathis, Benjamin Percy, Stephanie Vaughn, and Alice Fulton. Ruth lives in Seattle, where she teaches writing and literature at the Hugo House.