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Writer in Residence

Ruth Setton

Lehigh University

Born in Morocco, Ruth Knafo Setton is the author of the novel, The Road to Fez, and the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PEN, and Writer’s Digest. Her award-winning poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Truth to Freedom, The Saturday Evening Post, The Writer’s Digest, The Jerusalem Post, The Literary Traveler, Arts & Letters, Jewish Fiction, Women Writing Desire, Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female, Best Contemporary Jewish Writing, Nimrod, Tiferet, With Signs and Wonders: Jewish Fabulist Fiction, and The North American Review.

A former fiction editor of Arts & Letters, she received her PhD in English Literature from Rice University, and her MA and BA from the University of Denver. She taught most recently at Lehigh University, where she was the Interim Director of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies and the Writer in Residence for the English Department, where she taught Jewish Literature, Women’s Writing, Creative Writing, and developed courses on Fairy Tales and Mysteries, and one on Sirens and Mermaids (inspired by a previous SAS voyage). She gives frequent reading and writing workshops, loves to travel, and has taught on three Semester at Sea voyages (Fall ’14, Summer ’10, and Fall ’98). She is presently working on a novel and a screenplay. She keeps a blog about travel and the arts: