Ruth Rouff

Ruth Rouff

Ruth A. Rouff is a poet, novelist, and educator. She has published a novel, a biography, numerous poems and freelance articles, and is currently at work on a book of poetry. She is featured at poetry readings around the metro Philadelphia area.

Ruth was raised in southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia, and attended Vassar College on scholarship, majoring in English. She has worked at a variety of jobs, including retail management, publishing, and teaching in the Philadelphia public schools. She currently works as a writer, editor, and educator.

Cover art for Pagan Heaven


Saturday, April 8, 12pm-3pm: Barnes and Noble in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Monday, Feb. 20, 8pm:< Reading and book-signing at Coffee Works in Voorhees, NJ.


Where is Pagan Heaven? It's all around us. In our unceasing fascination with a movie star who died over half a century ago. In an inner-city youth who muses over the meaning of the word philosophy. In a statue of the Virgin Mary sitting atop a Coke machine. On a street where Walt Whitman once lived. On a lesbian-only cruise ship off the coast of Alaska. In an unusual melding of narrative poetry and spot-on prose, Pagan Heaven offers a wry take on the absurdities of modern American life, all the while celebrating human uniqueness whenever, wherever, and however it's found.

  • "Her consistency of style, paucity of words, and culmination of each narrative, be it poetry or prose, with a twist, are attributes that place Ruth Rouff's work on the highest level." (Rosemary Cappello, poet, writer, and editor, Philadelphia Poets)

  • "Writers capture the soul of places: Farrell on Chicago, Sherwood Anderson on Winesburg, Ohio. Ruth Rouff makes you feel, suffer, appreciate -and in a weird way- enjoy the bleak depressing landscape of South Jersey. Literature and art and lesbian dilemmas swirl ... and an ode to the Phillies that can stand on the same field with Updike’s farewell to the Kid. And just when you think that neither you nor the writer can take any more, she pitches her 'sneaky-fast' humor over the outside corner." (Harold C. Nassau)

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores.

YouTube video poetry reading:
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Works on-line:

Featured Vignettes

Featured Poetry

Older Poetry

Cover art for The Brat

In Memory of Patricia A. McDevitt
Copyright 2000-2004, Ruth Rouff

Preview Chapters 1 & 2

Available through Amazon and iUniverse

Ida B Wells biography
Copyright 2010, Ruth Rouff

Preview Introduction & Chapter 1

Available through Townsend Press