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Ricardo Ruiz

Poet & Alumni Ricardo Ruiz

PPS Rodrigo Ruiz


"The son of potato factory workers, Ricardo hails from Othello, Washington and his works often draw from his experience as a first-generation Mexican-American. He is passionate about elevating the marginalized voices from rural communities and takes pride in being a conduit for cultural connection. His own struggles straddling cultures provide insight to the difficulties of the Mexican migrant worker and their families.

Ricardo holds an Associates Degree in Business and Accounting from Big Bend Community College where he was recognized as Student of the year in both Business and Economics and English Composition. He also holds a Bachelor of Art in English: Creative Writing from the University of Washington and is an Army Veteran. While in the military Ricardo was recognized as Distinguished Honor Graduate and Distinguished Leader during his Advanced Leadership Course." - Website


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Ricardo Ruiz's 'We Had Our Reasons' Tells the Stories of Immigrant Workers. 2022. Amanda Ong in South Seattle Emerald. 


'Sacrificing everything for hope.' NW poet gives voice to migration stories. 2022. Noel Gasca. KUOW.


Immigrant Stories, Shred Through Poetry. 2022. Nancy Joseph. University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences.