Ruth Fowler (writer)

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Ruth Fowler

Ruth Fowler (aka Ruth Iorio) is a British-born Los Angeles and London based author, photographer, playwright[1] screenwriter[2] and journalist, who first came to media attention after writing several articles for The Village Voice as "Mimi".

Fowler holds a first-class Honors Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Master's degree in American literature from King's College, Cambridge.[3][4][5] After graduating Cambridge, Fowler traveled to over fifty different countries working as a chef, a sailor, a bar-tender, a supermarket checkout girl and a waitress before finding herself in New York City in 2005.[6] While attempting to obtain a work visa she worked as a stripper in Manhattan, writing about her experiences on her blog [1].[7]

As well as The Village Voice,[8] she has written for The Guardian,[9] The Observer, Wired Magazine, The New York Post, The Huffington Post,[10] The Fix[11] and The Norton Anthology For Creative Non Fiction. Her first book, No Man's Land, was published by Viking Penguin in June 2008, and was republished in May 2009 as Girl Undressed.[12] In 2008 Ruth wrote the screenplay for the short film Supraman and the School of Necessity.

According to her agent,[13] Ruth is currently writing her second book, and working on an adaptation of the award-winning ‘A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian’ for Ruby Films and the BBC. She recently completed ‘Sparkleponies’ - a feature film for Film 4, and ‘Boy2Girl’ with Kindle Entertainment. ‘Girl Undressed’ has been optioned as a TV series by BBC America and Big Talk productions. In 2011, Ruth was selected as one of 12 writers taking part in a Channel 4 Screenwriting Workshop, working with a script-editor on an original pilot for a television series or serial. Ruth's original political screenplay 'Fly Me' ensured that Ruth was selected as a Screen International[14] Stars of Tomorrow 2012,[15] alongside previous winners Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan, Robert Pattison and Andrew Garfield.

Fowler was married to the photographer Jared Iorio, and lives in Venice, California. In 2013, Fowler and her husband shared the experience of birthing her son at home via posts and pictures on social media.[16]

Fowler is a staunch believer in universal free education.[17]


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  2. ^ "Casarotto – Clients". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  3. ^ Paul Berger (7 August 2005). "Blog and Grind". New York Times. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
  4. ^ Rachel Mainwaring. "She holds a Cambridge degree but Welsh blonde 'Mimi' just loves being New York strip club star". Wales on Sunday.
  5. ^ "About Ruth". Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
  6. ^ Girl, Undressed - Ruth Fowler - Book Clubs - Penguin Group (USA)
  7. ^ Fowler, Ruth (13 April 2008). "Why's a nice girl like me undressing in a place like this?". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  8. ^ "How to Be an Illegal Alien - Page 1 - News - New York". Village Voice. 22 March 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  9. ^ Fowler, Ruth (19 May 2008). "Ruth Fowler". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  10. ^ Fowler, Ruth. "Ruth Fowler". Huffington Post.
  11. ^ "Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Recovery News | Resources – The Fix". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Girl, Undressed: On Stripping in New York City: Ruth Fowler: 9780143115656: Books". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Ruth Fowler". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Screen unveils 2012 UK Stars of Tomorrow | News | Screen". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  15. ^ "Kibwe Tavares and Ruth Fowler selected for Screen International's UK Stars of Tomorrow 2012". 18 June 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  16. ^ "New Mom's Uncensored Photos Reveal The Beautiful, Messy Reality Of Home Birth". Huffington Post. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
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