Donelle Ruwe, PhD

Donelle Ruwe Professor
Northern Arizona University
Blg 18 Rm #102
Phone: 928-523-6729


Dr. Donelle Ruwe, (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) taught at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts and Eastern Illinois University before joining the English Department at NAU in 2003. Dr. Ruwe received her B.A. in English Education (1986) and an M.A. in English-Creative Writing (1990) from Boise State University and a Ph.D. in women writers of the Romantic era from the University of Notre Dame in 1996. Ruwe teaches a variety of courses at NAU, such as surveys of British Literature, critical theory, children’s literature, poetry, and Romanticism.

Her book, British Children’s Poetry in the Romantic Era: Verse, Riddle, and Rhyme (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), studies the rise of verse for children in the Romantic era (1780-1830). She is a founding member of the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Association, chairs the Children’s Literature Association committee that awards the Year’s Best Scholarly Edited Essay Collection in the field of children’s and youth literature, and serves as a judge for the annual Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry for Children. She edited a collection of essays for the Children’s Literature Association, Culturing the Child 1660-1830: Essays in Memory of Mitzi Myers (2005). She has published numerous scholarly articles on Romantic poetics, Native American literature, and children’s writing. Her research awards include a National Humanities Center Summer Program Fellowship (2004), the RMMLA Faculty Travel Award (2004), the Fleur Cowles Fellowship at the Harry Ransom Research Center at the U of Texas at Austen (2003), and an Ahmanson Fellowship from UCLA (1999). Ruwe’s poetry chapbook Condiments won the Kinloch Rivers Award in 1999, and her chapbook Another Message You Miss the Point Of won the Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Prize in 2006.