A full-time literary and performing artist since 1994, Annie Ruth creates both literary and visual art. Through her company, A. Ruth Creations, she produces educational projects for schools, arts organizations, and the community; and presents inspirational talks, workshops, and poetry performances at organizations, businesses, and community events across the country.
She works with writing students, mentors children, and teaches art classes for all ages, helping children through senior citizens to express themselves in what she calls the “powerful universal language” of the arts. She has collaborated with local organizations including the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Urban League, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
One of Annie Ruth’s notable recent projects is “What’s the Word? READ,” a community outreach program that combines poetry, song, and rap to encourage children-and adults-to read.
Sharing her passion for celebrating sisterhood, she has performed and spoken at various venues including the National Speaking of Women’s Health Conference in Covington, Kentucky; the Exxon Mobil African American Women on Tour in Atlanta, Georgia; the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Conference Youth Luncheon; and the My Sister, My Friend Conference in Brooklyn, New York.
Annie Ruth has received many honors and awards, including a 2000–2001 City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant, 2003 CityBeat award for Best Arts Educator, 2001 SESH Communications Nefertiti Award, 2000 National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Image Award, 1999 Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year, and 1999 Cincinnati Post-Corbett Award for Literary Art. In 1986 Annie Ruth was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Arts and Letters.