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I’m Ruth Maus (pronounced “Moss,”) an award-winning poet and author, public speaker, poetry group leader, and part-time student. My first book of poetry Valentine (2019 Meadowlark Books) was a finalist in the 2019 Birdy Poetry Prize contest. My second book of poetry, Puzzled, (September 2022 Meadowlark Books,) contains color art by German artist Katja Weiss. Read sample poems by viewing the other pages on this site and signing up for my blog, below.

Other poems have been published in Inscape, The Orchards Poetry Journal, Lighten Up Online, River City Poetry, and The Death Book Project. I’ve also published a short story in the launch issue of 105 Meadowlark Reader, am a former newspaper columnist for The Topeka Capital-Journal and former magazine columnist for Business & Economic Review of Western Massachusetts. I’ve been a member of the Kansas Authors Club since 2018, currently serving as Vice President of District 1.

My third book, tentatively titled Lunatics and Acts of God, is an 89,000 word novel, a coming-of-age story set against the murder of a patient in a famous psychiatric hospital. More to be announced.

I’ve been fortunate to have traveled widely around the globe, lived three years in Mexico City, one in Washington, D.C., and nine in western Massachusetts. But my home, and the place I always returns to, is Topeka, Kansas.



  • Selected as the sole Smith College representative for the Glasscock Intercollegiate Poetry Contest. Past contestants have included James Merrill, Sylvia Plath, Katha Pollit, Mary Jo Salter, James Agee, Frederick Buechner, Kenneth Koch, Donald Hall, William Manchester, Muriel Rukeyser, and Gjertrud Schnackeberg.
  • First Place, statewide Kansas Authors Club poetry contest, Whimsy category for “Soulmates” 2021.


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