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 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 book, Suominaiset Maailmalla, that was published in Finland.


Besides working as a freelance writer and editor, Ruut currently teaches creative writing to teens through the Maryland Writers' Association. 

Ruut's illustrated novel for middle schoolers, Addie's Sketchbook: Summer in Wellfleet, releases through Omnibus Publishing on June 22, 2021.


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