Annie Ruth's roots are in her writing...
1983: I Am Aware
1986: Sing Out: For the Reader Who Loves to Explore Life
1987: Between You and Me
1991: Songs From the Heart of a Black Woman
1996: Embracing Charity
1999: Reflection: A Collection of Straight Talk & Inspirational Narratives
1999: This is Your Season (minibook)
1999: He's Got Yo' Back (minibook)
2000: Sisterfriend Soul Journeys: The Spirit and Expressions of African American Women on Tour by Maria Dowd & Carol Smith-Passariello (Contributing Poet)
2006: The Making of a Sista Friend
2007: Conversations with a Sisterfriend
2007: Life Begins and Ends with Girlfriends by Judith VanGinkel, PhD. and Betsy Kyte Newman (Contributing Poet)
Cincinnati native, Annie Ruth, was born "Annie Ruth Hampton" and attended Cincinnati Public Schools, graduating form Aiken High School in 1981. She wrote and published her first volume of poetry in 1983 when she was attending the University of Cincinnati and used the proceeds of that book to provide a scholarship for a student only two years younger than she was. She was inspired to write after the tragic death of her nephew. She had so much to say about her life and the world around her. Annie Ruth's first volume of poetry listed both her maiden and married last names because she wasn't quite sure what to call herself. She wanted people to know that the book was written by that young girl who grew up in College Hill. She was barely out of high school and newly married but had experienced life far beyond her years. "An old soul" is what many of the elders called her because her writings reflected wisdom and a keen insight about life.
Two years later after relocating to Southern California, she wrote her second volume of poetry and would later establish a pen name of "Annie Ruth" on her third volume, only using her first and middle names. Annie Ruth traveled to Europe often with the U.S. Air Force Reserves and completed her education while living in California and returned home to Cincinnati. She continues to travel nationally and internationally, sharing her poetic and empowering voice.
Children's Books by Annie Ruth
1998: No! Not on the Pews
1998: Little Angels Coloring and Holiday Activity Book
2004: When My Mama Reads to Me by Julie Elkus (Illustrator)
2005: I Can Read
2007: Dada Means Sister: How Jezebella Became a Sister Scout
2015: My Daddy Reads by Teniah (Illustrator)
2016: B-A-B-U (Bah-Boo)
CD's, Compilations and Recordings...
2002: Soul of a Sister (Spoken word, poetry and song CD)
2005: What's the Word? READ (Music, poetry and song CD for children)
2007: Conversations with a Sisterfriend CD (poetry & spoken word)
2011: Dare 2 Dream (Maxi-single CD)
2013: My Daddy Reads (featuring Teniah, Children's CD)
2014: My Daddy Reads Literacy Impact Video (DVD)
Today, Annie Ruth is an internationally respected poet, visual artist and arts educator whose work has positively impacted audiences in Europe, Africa, and throughout the United States for over 30 years. Although she has traveled extensively, she is proud to call Cincinnati home and works tirelessly in the community as a servant leader and advocate. Annie Ruth integrates the arts into other areas and uses innovative strategies to make the arts experience both rewarding and relevant. She has used her voice throughout the years to advocate for abused and neglected children and has often drawn inspiration from her experiences.
She is an award-winning poet & author who has published over twenty volumes of poetry, articles and books for both children and adults. Her arts and education curriculum sets are utilized in educational and cultural institutions across the country.
Annie Ruth attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Graphic Design and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Business Studies from National University in San Diego, California. She is military veteran who served in United States Air Force Reserves and worked as a graphic artist for 8 years. In 1993 she created her fine art company A Ruth Creations to sell and distribute her art and literature and in 2001 established Eye of the Artists Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 public charity, to connect more arts programming and arts education to underserved communities. In 2005 she created "Dada Rafiki" (Dah-dah-RAH-fee-kee), a special sisterhood celebration to honor diverse women that serve in the community. Dada Rafiki means "sister friend" in the Kiswahili language of East Africa. Annie Ruth owns the trademark to these sisterhood celebrations and plans to expand her reach across the globe-- uniting and celebrating multicultural women.
Annie Ruth emphasizes youth involvement and building collaborations among artists in the community. A few of her awards include the Athena International Leadership Award, NAACP Innovative Educator/ Arts Award, YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, Cincinnati Herald Nefertiti Award, Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year, two Ohio Senate Commendations, U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Recognition and a featured Black History vignette by Fox Network, narrated by Tyra Banks.
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