Ruthie Maslin, Kentucky Writers’ Coalition
Ruthie is the executive director of the Kentucky Writers’ Coalition, a statewide nonprofit organization of writers—about 600 strong. It was started in 1996 by Louisville poet Kathleen Driskell and several other volunteers who wanted to create an association of writers to share resources; make connections across the state; and foster the work of individuals writing in Kentucky, regardless of age or genre. The KWC publishes a bi-monthly newsletter; sponsors conferences, literary events, and contests throughout the year; and serves as an advocate for the literary arts throughout Kentucky.
Headquartered at Spalding University in Louisville, the coalition is governed by a board of directors with input from regional directors and an advisory board made up of well-known Kentucky authors.
In addition to her KWC duties, Ruthie serves on the boards of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, held annually in Lexington, and the Working Class Kitchen, another Lexington writing organization. She is also the former director of the YWCA of Central Kentucky’s Writer’s Voice program.
Ruthie is a graduate of the University of Kentucky in journalism and has spent her professional writing life largely in nonfiction areas: daily newspaper journalism, magazine writing, grant writing, and editing. She co-wrote The Insider’s Guide to Greater Lexington and the Kentucky Bluegrass in 1994, and you can see her writings about the Central Kentucky area each week in the online newsletter StreetMail: The Bluegrass and Beyond.
Ruthie’s poetry has been published in several small literary journals. And at the time Mixed Media met up with her, she was seeking representation for her first novel, Cruising Redemption.