Discipline: Literature – fiction

Ruby Hansen Murray

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Cathlamet, WA
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Writer Ruby Hansen Murray is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and is a citizen of the Osage Nation with West Indian roots, living in the lower Columbia River estuary.

She has been awarded Fellowships at MacDowell, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Ragdale, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Storyknife, and Fishtrap. She’s has been nominated for prizes from Pushcart and Best of the Net.

You can find her work in Allotment Stories (University of Minnesota Press), River Mouth Review, Under the Sun, the Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Midwest Review, Colorlines, High Desert Journal, Moss, The Rumpus, and Shapes of Native Nonfiction. Her work is forthcoming in Cascadia: A Field Guide (Tupelo Press) and Ecotone.

She’s at work on There’s the Indian!, a novel concerning gentrification on the Osage Reservation, and an essay collection, When Blood is Oil, considering everyday ethnic cleansing in America. During her time at MacDowell, she worked on essays for her collection Coming Home. Essays from the collection received the Iowa Review Award and Montana Prize in nonfiction.


Irving Fine

Ruby Hansen Murray worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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