Ruth Ozeki: Biography

Ruth Ozeki

12 mar 1956

Ruth Ozeki is an award-winning novelist from New Haven, Connecticut. Ruth’s very first novel, ‘My Year of Meats’ won her many awards including the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Award, the Imus/ Barnes and Noble American Book Award, a special Jury Prize of the World Cookbook Award in Versailles and the book was also selected as a New York Times Notable Book.

Born to a Japanese mother and a Caucasian – American father, Ruth was provided a very good education. Back in Japan, she did many jobs. She even founded a language school and taught at Kyoto Sangyo University. Ruth decided to set foot in film industry when she returned to New York in 1985. She became an art director but then switched to production, directing documentaries and finally from 1994 she started to make films.

Ruth Ozeki continued her writing. Her works showed her passion towards writing and her books had humour in them. Ruth’s second novel, ‘All Over Creation’, got translated into 11 languages and published in over 14 countries similar to her first novel. It was raining awards and appreciations for all of Ruth’s works. One of her recent work, ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ got her the LA Times Book Prize and was published in over 30 countries. Many of her documentaries were played on PBS and in various colleges.

A great follower of Buddhism, Ruth is a dual citizen of Canada and U.S. She married Oliver Kellhammer, a German-Canadian environmental artist and splits her time between Cortes Island, British Columbia and New York City. Apart from writing and film making at Smith College, she is a regular speaker at various colleges and Universities.