Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of New Orleans. He’s also a member of several writing collectives, including the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance and the Melanated Writers of New Orleans.
Maurice has attended a number of literary conferences including the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (2011, 2012), Faulkner Words and Music Literary Conference (2004, 2008-2012), Tennessee Williams Festival (2010-2012), Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference (2011-2012), and BookExpo America Conference (2005). Maurice served on the faculty of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Words and Music Conferences presenting fiction on conference themes. In June 2011, Maurice was selected as a participant in the inaugural Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers in Petit Jean, Arkansas. He participated in the first annual Tennessee Williams Festival Writers Workshop led by Zachary Lazar in November 2012.
Maurice’s work has been published in the Apalachee Review (“Mercury Forges”/fiction, and “Cheating the Muse”/non-fiction), Regarding Arts & Letters (“Mr. Face”/fiction), and the University of New Orleans’s Ellipsis (“And Then I Was Clean”). A short story called “The Pie Man” appeared in the South Carolina Review (Vol. 45, No. 1); “The Pie Man” also received the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop’s 2011 Ernest Svenson Fiction Award. He received the Creative Writing Workshop’s 2013 Joanna Leake Prize for Fiction Thesis for his short story collection “It’s Good to See You’re Awake.” Maurice is currently working on a novel.
Maurice has been a featured reader in the Melanated Writers Collective Summer Reading Series, 17 Poets! Poets Literary and Performance Series, the Black Widow Salon, Staple Goods Gallery, M. Francis Gallery, Sunday Shorts Reading Series at the Red Star Galerie, and the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop Gold Room reading series.