Ruth Awad

Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2017) won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, she won the 2013 and 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, Poem-a-Day, The New Republic, The Believer, Pleiades, The Rumpus, The Missouri Review, The Journal, CALYX, Diode, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl Poetry, BOAAT Journal, and elsewhere.

Years we lived close to the bone

When the dog died, I woke up with a mouth full of fur. I think she would get a kick out of that but it takes hours to will myself from bed. More to endure the morning, to not fill …

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