Born in Guelph and based in New York, Jesse Ruddock first left Canada on a hockey scholarship to Harvard. After a series of concussions, she turned to study modern poetry and medieval meditation, next completing a Master’s at the University of Toronto. From age thirteen to twenty-three, she worked in summer as a carpenter’s apprentice on a remote lake in northern Ontario. Her writing and photographs have appeared in the New Yorker.com, BOMB Magazine, Music & Literature, and VICE, among other places. Shot-Blue (Coach House 2017) is her first novel.