Rudy Ruiz is an American author, advocate and social entrepreneur. The son and grandson of Mexican immigrants, Rudy Ruiz was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised along the US-Mexico border, living in Matamoros, Mexico for extensive periods of time. He did not speak English until he entered school at the age of five. Once in school, he excelled and dreamt of growing up to be a writer, an entrepreneur, and a contributor to the wellbeing of immigrants and minorities, as well as to positive relations between diverse cultures and nations. He went on to earn a BA in Government, specializing in International Relations, at Harvard College. He then earned a Masters in Public Policy specializing in International Trade & Finance at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ruiz has been a long-time writer of fiction. His earliest works were published in a college literary publication at Harvard, where he studied literature and creative writing, and was awarded a Ford Foundation grant to support his writing endeavors.
Ruiz has won numerous creative awards for his copywriting as a Creative Director at the advocacy marketing agency he co-founded.
Ruiz’s first book was titled ¡Adelante! Published in 2003 by Random House, it is a guide to success in America for immigrants. The book garnered critical acclaim and led to a national book tour in which Ruiz met and spoke with immigrants, sharing their challenges and dreams. Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos selected ¡Adelante! as his Book of the Week, recommending it to his viewers on the show Despierta America.
His second published work was the essay “Ghost of Gordolfo Gelatino” in the book Going Hungry (Anchor Books 2008). The essay and book garnered national attention, including an article in Newsweek which recognized Ruiz’s essay for shattering stereotypies about eating disorders.
Seven for the Revolution was Ruiz’s fiction debut. The book crystallized his vision of bringing social problems to life via literary fiction, humanizing them and moving readers to a deeper understanding of their impact on people’s lives, engendering greater empathy and political engagement. It won four 2014 International Latino Book Awards and led to Ruiz being ranked by LatinoStories.com as #1 among “The Top Ten Latino Authors to Watch & Read in 2015.”
Since then, Ruiz’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals including BorderSenses, The Ninth Letter, and the Notre Dame Review. In 2017, Rudy Ruiz was awarded the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction.