Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin


Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was published by One World, a Random House imprint. The novel is a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, Garden & Gun, and Kenyon Review. A New Orleans native, Ruffin is a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University and the 2020-2021 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss.

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Events with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

[CANCELED] The Art of the Debut

05 May 2020
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
SoHo Playhouse
15 Vandam Street
New York, NY 10013

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