INGRID RUTHIG, writer, poet, visual artist, and once-practising architect, is the author of This Being (winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside), the poem-sequence artist’s book Slipstream (ARKITEXWERKS), and the chapbook Synesthete II (Littlefishcartpress). She is also the editor of several volumes of poems and essays, most recently The Essential Elizabeth Brewster (Porcupine’s Quill, 2021) and David Helwig: Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions, 2018). Her award-winning visual works are held in several collections and have been exhibited in the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Whitby Station Gallery, and other public spaces. She was a 2018 Fellow at Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Midlothian, Scotland. She lives in Durham Region, east of Toronto, along the north shore of Lake Ontario, on the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nation (signatories of the Gunshot Treaty of 1788 and the Williams Treaty of 1923).
Photo credit: Jane Gowans
“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 and designer have appeared widely, including The Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books), Resisting Canada (Véhicule Press), Am, Be: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford (Frog Hollow Press), Room to Room (ARKITEXWERKS), CNQ, Maisonneuve, Quill & Quire, and numerous other publications, as well as the volumes The Essential Anne Wilkinson (Porcupine’s Quill), Richard Outram, Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions), and the books mentioned in the bio above.
Her textworks, a fusion of word & image, text & textile, have appeared online, on book covers and, as with her extensive project, Re|Visions, in several galleries and other public spaces. Her artist’s books are housed at Library and Archives Canada, New York’s Brooklyn Art Library, and the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.
Along with the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, she is also the recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship, a Petra Kenney International Poetry Prize, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Competition, and grants from the Ontario Arts Council.