Ruth DyckFehderau​

Ruth DyckFehderau

— writes things. Mostly literary fiction and literary non-fiction.

— 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 (pronounced dyke-FAY-der-ow)


Ruth teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Alberta for a few months of each year and the rest of the time she travels and writes. Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies around the world, and she has won awards for writing, teaching, and activism. 

The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree, a book she wrote with 27 Cree storytellers, is available here, and a novel she wrote is being considered by publishers now. She is currently working on a second novel and on a second nonfiction book with the James Bay Cree of Northern QC. She is based in Edmonton, AB.




— BA

English Lit and Religious Studies, UWinnipeg, '91

— MA

English Lit, UAlberta, '95

— PhD

English Lit, UAlberta, '01


— Keynotes

"'Where Impossible Paths Meet': Writing the Stories of Women Living in Insecurity" at Feminisms in Motion: Migrations, Upheavals, Relocations Conference. October 2018, Katowice, Poland. Alternate Link

"Going All Magneto On Them: When Policy and Advocacy Are Not Enough" at AltView Foundation for Gender Variant and Sexual Minorities Annual Pride BBQ. June 2014, Sherwood Park, Alberta.

"Taking the Long View: Where Next, After 45 years of Queer Activism?" at Status of Queer Conference. April 2012, Edmonton, Alberta.

"Why Queer Literature Is Important” at Sexual Minority Youth Symposium. November 2009, Sherwood Park, Alberta.

— Invited lectures, symposia, presentations

"Diabetes, Clinical Resistance, and Storytelling" at Alberta Diabetes Institute (UAlberta). December 2018, Edmonton, Alberta.

"Weekdays and Stones: Two Canadian Indigenous Women Write About Men." October 2018. University of Silesia at Katowice, Poland.

"Life after Grad School: An Artist with a PhD." at Graduate Students Symposium (UAlberta). May 2011, Edmonton, Alberta.

Canadian Literature Lecture Tour. Fall 2002, Poland. Lectures at:
University of Bielsko-Biała: Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
University of Silesia at Sosnowiec, Poland
University of Silesia at Katowice, Poland

— Books 

The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree (2017)
Currently entering its second print run of 5000, and made into an audiobook.

A novel, currently being considered by publishers.

— Sample Short Publications

"Charity's Test" in CBC Literary Prizes

"Themba and the Commodity of Fear" in Work of Arts

"Chandra Mayor" in Brick Books

"The Magnificent Rogue of the Miracle Mile" in Edmonton On Location: River City Chronicles

"Whiter than Snow" in Queering the Way: The Loud & Queer Anthology

Literary Non-Fiction Chapbooks, CBHSSJB:
"The Story of Rose Swallow of Chisasibi"
"The Story of Jack Otter of Waswanipi"
"The Story of Jonathan Linton of Mistissini"
"The Story of Jennifer Gloria Lowpez of Waswanipi"
"The Story of Emily Wesley of Oujé-Bougoumou"

"The Story of Maggie Happyjack and Simon Etapp of Waswanipi", CBHSSJB

"Indigenous Group Tackles Diabetes with Storytelling" in The Conversation

"On Scholarly Writing and Storytelling", invited blog post on

— Selected Salons, Workshops and Panels

"When Feminism Gets Messy: Emily Steel’s 19 Weeks" Salon at Northern Light Theatre. April 2019, Edmonton, Alberta.

"Urban Activism and HIV/AIDS" Workshop at Edmonton John Howard Society. April 2016, Edmonton, Alberta.

"Avoiding Gender Tropes in Prose Writing" Workshop at AltView Writes, February 2015, Sherwook Park, Alberta.

Salon Series, Northern Light Theatre. 2014 - 2015, Edmonton, Alberta.


Selected Accolades


— Winner, Nonfiction Health (General) category, International Book Awards, 2018

— Silver (tie), Best Regional Nonfiction (Canada east) category, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2018

— Finalist, Memoir: Personal Struggle/Health category, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2018

— Finalist, Nonfiction (Multicultural) Category, 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, 2018

— Finalist, Nonfiction (Health, General) Category, 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, 2018

— Silver, Nonfiction Health category, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year awards, 2017

— Shortlisted, Editor’s Choice (Nonfiction), Foreword INDIES Book of the Year awards, 2017

— CBC Literary Prize Nonfiction Longlist, 2017

— "Best of the Fest," out of 110 plays at GirlPlay Short Play Festival, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2013  

— Alberta Foundation for the Arts Literary Arts Awards, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005

— Edmonton Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, 2012, 2011 (2), 2008

— Sheryl McInnis Pride Award for Academic Work Benefitting the LGBTQ Community of Edmonton, 2011, 2007

— Mactaggart Writing Prize, 2007

— Gertrude and Ernest E. Poole Banff Centre Award, 2006

— Lee Fund for the Arts Award, 2004

— Canadian Studies Internship Grant, International Council for Canadian Studies, 2000

— University of Alberta Teaching Awards (5)