Nancy A. Ruffin

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Nancy A. Ruffin
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Nancy Arroyo Ruffin was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977 to parents of Puerto Rican descent. From a very young age Nancy had a great affinity for books, for reading, and for writing. She was involved in a young writer's club in elementary school and her love for writing continued on into her adult years. Raised on the rough streets of Brooklyn during the 1980s Nancy never allowed her surroundings to interfere with her love of learning. She has used her exeperiences growing up in an inner city to fuel her writing and to give a voice to many young women who have similar experiences.

Nancy graduated from Bernard Baruch College where she earned a B.A. in Accounting and an MBA in ... more »

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My Grandmother's Hands

My grandmother's hands
have massaged tired limbs
and weary hearts
they have cleaned homes,
swept floors,
toiled grass roots
in cemented lands
laid bricks and mortar
that paved the road to freedom.

My grandmother's hands
have coddled bodega lotto dreams
like her new born child
they are lamb's wool
on the naked skin
of future generations.

My grandmother's hands
have clasped arctic
tenement floors
shielding 5 finger back slaps
that burned souls like hot coals
pink-grey cinders of ash
marked with years of ...

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