Ruth DyckFehderau (pronounced dyke-FAY-der-ow)
— Teaches English literature and creative writing in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.
— Seeks out interesting writing, teaching, mentoring, and public-speaking gigs and residencies in far flung corners of the world.
Ruth DyckFehderau grew up on a farm on the Niagara Peninsula in Southern Ontario. She holds degrees from Universities of Alberta (’01 PhD, '95 MA) and Winnipeg (’91 BA). She has lived in many places, including Eeyou Istchee (a remote Cree territory in Northern Quebec), Bangladesh, France, Italy, Poland, Kenya, and South Africa, and has travelled widely. Sometimes she teaches Creative Writing and English Lit at the University of Alberta where she is an Adjunct Professor. She does quite a bit of public speaking, has published many short works in literary journals and anthologies, and has received awards for writing, for teaching, and for activism. She lives in Edmonton with her partner. She is hearing-impaired.
Ruth has written three books. The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree (2017), a nonfiction book she wrote with James Bay Cree storytellers, is now in Second Edition (2020) and is being translated into Northern East Cree, Southern East Cree, Ojibwe, French, and excerpts into Chinese. E nâtamukw miyeyimuwin: Residential School Recovery Stories of the James Bay Cree, Volume One, also nonfiction and written with James Bay Cree storytellers, will be released in March, 2023. And Ruth's novel I (Athena) will be released by NeWest Press in April, 2023.