Raised in Rochester, NY, Ilie Ruby is the author of The Salt God’s Daughter (September 2012) and the critically-acclaimed novel, The Language of Trees. She attended the University of Southern California’s Professional Writing Program, where she was fiction editor of The Southern California Anthology. Following her lifelong interests in education and writing, she has worked as a 5th grade teacher, an editor of fiction and nonfiction for publishing houses, and in film production on a PBS series. Ruby is the winner of the Edwin L. Moses Award for Fiction, chosen by T.C. Boyle; a Kerr Foundation Scholarship; and the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Creative Fiction. She is a recipient of the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference Davidoff Scholarship and the Barbara Kemp Award for Outstanding Teaching. Ruby, also a painter, lives near Boston with her husband and three children.