Jesse Ruddock

Born and raised in Guelph, Jesse Ruddock (the daughter of the accomplished artist Cheryl Ruddock and author Dr. Nicholas Ruddock) grew up playing boys’ hockey across southern Ontario and went to Harvard on scholarship to play goal. After racking up concussions, Jesse had to quit the ice, took to studying poetry, did a Master’s at U of T, then returned home to play in some bands and make albums. From thirteen to twenty-three, she apprenticed in summer with a carpenter on a remote lake in northern Ontario. She built cabins and docks. At night she fished for pickerel. Her writing and photographs have appeared in the, BOMB Magazine, Music & Literature, and Vice. Now based in New York, Jesse will be reading at the 2017 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival from Shot-Blue, her first novel.


Ravenous and unrelenting, Shot-Blue (Coach House Books) is a book of first love and first loss. Listen to an EMWF podcast and Q&A with Jesse here.