Ruth Dickey has spent over 25 years working at the intersection of community building, writing, and art, now as Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. A builder and believer in big dreams, Ruth has had the pleasure of leading organizations in Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; Cincinnati, OH; and, most recently, in Seattle, WA, as Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures. Ruth’s first book, Mud Blooms (Harbor Mountain Press) was selected for the MURA Award, and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Ruth holds an MFA in poetry from UNC-Greensboro, and a BS in Foreign Service and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. An ardent fan of dogs and coffee, she served as a fiction judge for the 2019 National Book Awards.