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 represented by The Rights Factory. 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


— Books 

The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee: Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree (2017)

A novel, currently represented by The Rights Factory

— 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


Selected Accolades


— Silver MedalIPPY (Independent Publisher Regional and Ebook) Awards, "Best Regional Nonfiction - Canada East" Category, 2018

— Finalist, Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards, "Health - Nonfiction" Category, 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)