Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin, photo by Vaughn D. Taylor
Maurice Carlos Ruffin, photo by Vaughn D. Taylor

Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s most recent book, the story collection The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and was longlisted for the Story Prize. His first book, We Cast a Shadow, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. It was longlisted for the 2021 Dublin Literary Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. The novel was also a New York Times Editors’ 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 winner for novel-in-progress. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Kenyon Review, and the anthology Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ruffin was asked, “What is your favorite part of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You?” He responded, “It’s kind of unique. There aren’t that many short story collections by African-Americans coming out of New Orleans, which is weird considering how legendary my hometown is. So I feel like the book is at the vanguard of a movement I hope will happen. I want to see books flooding out of New Orleans. We have so many stories to tell!”

Ruffin is a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University and the 2020-21 John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. He was the 2022 Grand Marshal of the Mardi Gras Krewe of House Floats.

selected bibliography

The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You (2021)
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
We Cast a Shadow (2019)

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online resources

Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s website

Video: Ruffin in conversation on City Lights Live!