Ruth E. Edwards is a book artist, instructor and founder of Books in Black, a collective of African American book makers.
Ruth E. Edwards was born in New York. She received her undergraduate degree in business from Pace University. In 1998, after a career as an administrator for a major New York bank, Edwards was introduced to handmade book arts. She took various bookmaking courses at the Center for Book Arts in New York City to learn the craft. Edwards would later serve on the Center for Book Arts Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004.