INGRID RUTHIG, writer, poet, visual artist, and once-practising architect, is the author of This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), winner of the League of Canadian Poets 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her work has appeared widely across Canada and internationally in journals, anthologies, and other publications, as well as in translation. She is also the author of the poem sequence/artist’s book Slipstream (2011), Synesthete II (poem chapbook, 2005), and editor of several volumes, most recently The Essential Elizabeth Brewster (forthcoming from Porcupine’s Quill in Spring, 2021) and David Helwig: Essays on His Works (2018). Her award-winning visual works have been exhibited and are held in public and private collections. A 2018 Hawthornden Fellow, she lives near Toronto. New work appears in The Fiddlehead‘s 75th anniversary issue.
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“Ingrid Ruthig is a protean artist, a poet, writer, editor, recovering architect (now dealing in architexts), hybrid artist, text artist … a hungry spirit who breaks forms and recombines them, who is always trying a little something new.”
— Douglas Glover, winner of the 2003 Governor General’s Award
Her poetry, fiction, interviews, book reviews, essays, and work as an editor, designer, and visual artist have appeared in numerous publications, including The Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books), Resisting Canada (Véhicule Press, Nyla Matuk, editor), Am, Be: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford (Frog Hollow Press, Shane Neilson, editor), The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Descant, The New Quarterly, Numero Cinq, Magma (UK), Cordite (AUS), Books in Canada, CNQ Canadian Notes & Queries, Maisonneuve, Quill & Quire, the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate’s website, and many others. From 2000-2007 she co-edited/published Lichen literary journal and later, was an associate editor for Northern Poetry Review.
Along with the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship (UK), she has also received a Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize (UK), the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Competition, and grants from the Ontario Arts Council. Over two decades, she has appeared on radio & television and at numerous literary events, including Canada House in London, England. Her highly regarded textworks, a visual-art fusion of word and image, have been featured online, appeared on book covers, and like the extensive project, Re|Visions, have been exhibited in numerous galleries.
She is the author of This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2016); Slipstream (ARKITEXWERKS, 2011); Synesthete II (LittlefishcartPress, 2005); and editor of The Essential Elizabeth Brewster (Porcupine’s Quill, 2021); David Helwig: Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions, 2018); The Essential Anne Wilkinson (Porcupine’s Quill, 2014); and Richard Outram, Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions, 2011). Her artist’s books are housed at Library and Archives Canada, New York’s Brooklyn Art Library, and the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.