Ruut DeMeo is a Finnish-American poet, novelist and songwriter. After touring her music for nearly two decades, Ruut earned a degree in Creative Writing from Goucher College, studied children’s literature at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch 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. Ruut's illustrated novel for middle schoolers, Addie's Sketchbook: Summer in Wellfleet, came out in June 2021. 

 

Besides teaching English at a Baltimore magnet middle school and creative writing to teens through the Maryland Writers' Association, Ruut continues to compose and record original music, her lifelong love.

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"Ruut DeMeo makes magic in Addie's Sketchbook. It’s a dash of charming and a splash of mystery and I can’t help rooting for Addie. Tweens will love this diary-novel."

 

– Cindy Callaghan, Author Just Add Magic, Saltwater Secrets, and the Lost In… books.