Creative writing in Manitoba's Interlake.

Ruth Matlow Asher

Born in Ft. Dix, New Jersey, Ruth Matlow Asher has been a Manitoban for over thirty years. Canadian publishing credits include The Prairie Journal, Fieldstone Review andThe Nashwaak Review.

In the United States, her poetry’s been published by Texas A&M, University of Texas, and Rogers State University. She has written two chapbooks, Inside Yesterday andElephant of Japan. Upcoming print occurs in a poetry anthology on sport. She is crazy about Labrador Retrievers.

Ruth read an article about a seed bank developed in Scandinavia and coupled that with the fairy tale of The Snow Queen to create an Eco Tale, The Secrets of the Snow Queen. This story invites readers and listeners into a fairy tale setting, including the evil Snow Queen who captures Kai, talking ravens, polar bears, and reindeer, a goofy gargoyle and, of course, a quest. At its heart lies the contemporary issue of living harmoniously with the environment’s living things—food and animals and one another. The fabric collages enhancing the story are the creations of artist Karen Wardle.

The Secrets of the Snow Queen will be available at McNally Robinson’s, Winnipeg, on,, or contact her directly.

Read more about The Secrets of the Snow Queen on Facebook.

Ruth was awarded Third Place for her memoir piece, So Far Away, in the Winnipeg Free Press/The Writers’ Collective of Manitoba Non-Fiction Contest.

She hopes you will enjoy the following poems and excerpt. Ruth was our Featured Writer for September 2014.

View Ruth’s stories and poems:

Medardo: Reclamation of two pieces
Before I Was Born
The Secrets of the Snow Queen (excerpt)




L.W.W.G. April Executive Meeting
Date:  Saturday, April 16 - 1:00 pm
Location: Conni C.'s house in Clandeboye.


A poetry workshop with Di Brandt will be offered on June 11 at 1:00 pm in the Children's Room at the Gaynor Family Regional Library on Manitoba Avenue in Selkirk. More info on this event coming soon!