About Ruth Linnea Whitney

Ruth Linnea Whitney lived two years in Zaire, now DRC. Together with orthopedic surgeon husband, David, she’s made other lengthy sojourns volunteering elsewhere in Africa. Those years inform her new novel, Mimosa Road, and her debut novel, Slim (SMU Press) winner of the First Book Award from the Writers Guild of PCUSA. She’s taught primary school subjects to AIDS orphans in Uganda, ESL to nurses in Vietnam, and ESL to immigrants at Peninsula College in Port Townsend, WA, where she lives with David. Her short stories, essays, and poetry appear in The Threepenny Review, Kaleidoscope, Assisi, Natural Bridge, Raven Chronicles, and elsewhere. Journalistic pieces appear in Chicago Tribune, Town & Country, and Seattle Post Intelligencer. She grew up in Seattle, received a B.A., with Honors, from Univ. of Puget Sound and an M.A. in English, Phi Kappa Phi, from Univ. of Nevada, Reno. Her love of singing harmony plays into her writing, wherein she seeks paths to harmony in a discordant world and gives voice to those seldom heard.