Michael Ruby was born in 1957 in Orange, New Jersey. He received a BA from Harvard College and an MA from Brown University in poetry writing.
He is the author of several poetry collections, including American Songbook (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), Compulsive Words (BlazeVOX, 2010), The Edge of the Underworld (BlazeVOX, 2010), Window on the City (BlazeVOX, 2006) and At an Intersection (Alef, 2002). With Sam Truitt, Ruby coedited Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Early Books of Bernadette Mayer (Station Hill, 2015).
Of his work, Dan Chiasson writes, “Ruby’s poems are ‘American songs’ in their transformation of tune into ‘sound,’ noise, traffic, as well as their loneliness (he calls to mind Edward Hopper and the early Eliot of ‘Preludes’).”
Since 1986, Ruby has worked as an editor at The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.