Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a third-year MFA student at the University of New Orleans. He’s also a member of several writing collectives, including the Melanated Writers of New Orleans and the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. He works as an attorney.
Maurice’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Apalachee Review (“Mercury Forges” and “Cheating the Muse”) and Regarding Arts & Letters (“Mr. Face”). The South Carolina Review will publish “The Pie Man” in fall 2012. A short story entitled “And Then I Was Clean” was published in Ellipsis Magazine [University of New Orleans] in 2011. “The Pie Man” received the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop’s 2011 Ernest Svenson Fiction Award; an earlier version of the story was first runner-up in the short story category at the 2010 William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. Other stories were also finalists in 2009, 2010, and 2011. His short story, “The Winter Lion,” was selected as one of the top ten finalists in the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival fiction contest. Maurice is currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel.