meet Rue Sparks


Residency Term: Fall/Winter 2023

Artist, poet, animator, author, designer, professor—I’ve worn a lot of labels, but the one thing I’ve always aspired to be is simply a storyteller. I received a BFA in Illustration and Digital Media from Kendall College of Art & Design, then spent over a decade working in fast-paced digital advertising agencies creating designs for Fortune 500 companies. Today my work is more personal, but I take no less care in its creation. I create poetry, stories, novels, zines, and artwork that tread where trauma and healing align, and advocate for creators to have the tools to create and distribute their own work.

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