Ruel Johnson

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Ruel Johnson is an award-winning Guyanese author.

Johnson won the 2002 Guyana Prize for Literature for best first fiction manuscript for a collection of short stories entitled Ariadne and Other Stories,[1][2] which he self-published the following year with assistance from COURTS and GuyEnterprise. Johnson, then 22, was the youngest person ever to win the prize.[3]

He also won the 2012 Guyana Prize for Literature for submitting the best book of fiction.[4][5]

In 2016 he participated in the International Writing Program's Fall Residency at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA, and was the first Guyanese to participate in the programme.[6][7]

A former President's College (Golden Grove, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana, South America) student who hails from Tucville Terrace, Greater Georgetown, Johnson is the eldest of five and has one child, Aidan.


  1. ^ Mark McGowan, "Ruel Johnson launching Fictions at Carifesta", Stabroek News, 14 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Guyana Prize Committee hosts workshops for writers", Kaieteur News, 28 January 2013.
  3. ^ "The Caribbean Diaspora", CARICOM Secretariat.
  4. ^ "Ruel Johnson cops Guyana Prize for Best Fiction", Kaieteur News, 16 September 2013.
  5. ^ Kiana Wilburg, "The creative mind of Ruel Johnson", Kaieteur News, 23 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Ruel Johnson for US writing programme", Stabroek News, 29 August 2016.
  7. ^ "2016 Residency | The International Writing Program". Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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