Ruut DeMeo is a Finnish-American novelist, writer, and poet. After working nearly two decades as a published songwriter, Ruut earned a degree in Creative Writing from Goucher College and studied children’s literature at Johns Hopkins University.
A Kratz Writing Fellow and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Ruut's research in Nordic folklore has been supported by the Mellon and Finlandia Foundations. In 2018, she contributed to a non-fiction memoir collection, Suominaiset Maailmalla, that was published in Finland.
Ruut is currently writing on her second novel, a retelling of the Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala. Besides her original fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, Ruut works as a freelance writer, editor and writing mentor.
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