Rudy Ruiz has authored short stories, columns and op-eds which have been published in literary journals and newspapers as well as online. He has also co-authored studies based on original research, one in the area of immigration and the other in the area of sugary drinks and their impact on the obesity epidemic.


Short Stories


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Check out the winner of the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction. This coming-of-age story is one in a series about a boy growing up on the border. Eventually, the stories will come together as a novel, a border bildungsroman.

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Read Rudy Ruiz’s short story, an excerpt from his upcoming novel inspired by the work of Latino artist Ramiro Gomez. “No Splash” was published in the University of Illinois’ Pushcart Prize-winning literary journal, The Ninth Letter.

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screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-5-27-02-pmA LONE-STARRED STATE

Rudy Ruiz explores the complexity of a border family’s relationships when one sibling outshines the other in “A Lone-Starred State,” published by BorderSenses.

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From 2008 to 2012, Ruiz served as Founder & Editor-in-Chief of, a website featuring multicultural commentary on social and political issues. Via Red, Brown & Blue, Ruiz spearheaded the development and implementation of an unprecedented survey of undocumented Latino immigrants, capturing their mindset, aspirations and commitment to partaking in the American Dream.

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Via Interlex, and in partnership with Yale University, Ruiz co-authored a study on perceptions and attitudes surrounding sugary drinks and their impact on obesity. The study helped establish the “sugary drinks” as a common term among nutrition advocates nationwide.

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