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About Ruby

Ruby Smith Díaz (B.Ed) was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton – amiskwaciy and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction. Ruby’s experiences of marginalization as a youth has inspired her to dedicated her all of her work to exploring and addressing equity and social justice.

Her artistic work has been featured in the Vancouver International Film Festival,  The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Mount St Vincent University Art Gallery in Halifax, and Truck Contemporary Art Gallery in Calgary.  Her writing has been featured in Nora Samaran’s book, Turn this World Inside Out, and Harsha Walia’s book, Undoing Border Imperialism.  

Ruby Smith Díaz was the winner of the CanFitPro Personal Training Specialist of the Year for 2020.  In 2022, she was selected for the WEDGE Residency at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver, where she was mentored by writer Wayde Compton to create an audio output on the life of Serafim ‘Joe’ Fortes. In 2023, Ruby was selected for the the ECW Press BIPOC Writers Residency, and completed her first manuscript. She will be publishing her first book with Arsenal Pulp Press in the Spring of 2025.