I N G R I D R U T H I G is a Canadian writer, poet, editor, visual artist, and former architect, whose most recent book, This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), won the League of Canadian Poets’ 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her writing has appeared widely, in publications such as The Best Canadian Poetry, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Cordite (AUS), Magma (UK), Books in Canada, National Post, CNQ, and many others. Her books also include Slipstream (2011), Synesthete II (chapbook, 2005), The Essential Anne Wilkinson (2014), Richard Outram: Essays on His Works (2011), and the forthcoming David Helwig: Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions, 2018). Her award-winning visual works are held in private collections and shown in public galleries, and her extensive solo show, Re|Visions, was first exhibited in 2017 at Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario. Elected a 2018 Hawthornden Fellow, Ingrid lives near Toronto.
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Ingrid grew up in southwestern Ontario. Early studies in visual art and architectural design eventually led her to the University of Toronto in the 1980s, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture. After post-graduate internship, licensing with the Ontario Association of Architects, and more than ten years of practice in Toronto, she retired from the profession to write full-time, although she remains a member of the association.
Since 2000, Ingrid’s poetry, fiction, interviews, book reviews, essays and articles (as well as her work as an editor, designer, and visual artist) have appeared across Canada, internationally, and in translation in many publications, including The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Descant, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, Prism, Magma (UK), Cordite (AUS), Books in Canada, CNQ Canadian Notes & Queries, Maisonneuve, Quill & Quire, National Post, and in anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books, Molly Peacock & Carmine Starnino, eds., 2012). From 2000 – 2007 she co-edited and co-published the Canadian literary journal LICHEN and later was an associate editor for Northern Poetry Review.
Her poetry won the League of Canadian Poets’ 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (for This Being), as well as a 2005 international Petra Kenney Poetry Prize, and the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Competition. It has also been featured online by the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate and been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as from the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. She has hosted literary events, read her work on radio & television, at numerous festivals, reading series, and at Canada House in London, England. Her award-winning textworks—a visual-art fusion of word and image—are held in private collections, have been featured online, on book covers, and shown in numerous galleries and public spaces. Her extensive solo exhibition, Re|Visions, was first exhibited at Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario in the fall of 2017.
Ingrid’s books include This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2016); Slipstream (ARKITEXWERKS & Soper Creek Chapbook Studio, 2011); Synesthete II (chapbook, LittlefishcartPress, 2005); The Essential Anne Wilkinson (Porcupine’s Quill, 2014); Richard Outram, Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions, 2011); and David Helwig: Essays on His Works (Guernica, September, 2018). Her artist’s books are housed at Library and Archives Canada, in New York’s Brooklyn Art Library, and the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. Elected a 2018 Hawthornden Fellow, Ingrid lives with her family just east of Toronto.