Paul Ruffin Dead at 74

Paul Ruffin, 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate, Texas State University System Regents’ professor and SHSU distinguished professor of English, died at his home in Montgomery County on Wednesday, April 13th at the age of 74.

He was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Review — an international literary journal — and Texas Review Press, a member of the Texas A&M University Press Consortium. He was also active in TACWT and other creative writing organizations.

His career saw the publication of more than 1,500 poems, 100-plus stories, and more than 90 essays in magazines and journals. His work also has appeared in numerous anthologies and textbooks. He also wrote a weekly column that appeared in several newspapers in Texas and Mississippi.

His most recent book, published last November, is The Time the Waters Rose And Stories of the Gulf Coast.

Ruffin is survived by his wife, Amber, and his three children.


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