Ru Freeman

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Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan born writer and activist whose creative and political work has appeared internationally, including in the UK Guardian, The Boston Globe, and the New York Times. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (2009), and On Sal Mal Lane (2013), a NYT Editor’s Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into multiple languages including Italian, French, Turkish, Dutch, and Chinese. She is editor of the anthology Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine (OR Books, 2015), a collection of the voices of 65 American poets and writers speaking about America’s dis/engagement with Palestine, and co-editor of Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security (2018).  Her collection of essays, Memory, Loss: Essays on Life, Books & Politics, and her collection of poetry, Open Carry, are forthcoming. She is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Lannan Foundation. She is the 2014 winner of the Janet Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. She writes for the Huffington Post on books and politics, and teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

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