Queen’s University Belfast (Creative Writing) Scholar Award, Queen's University Belfast - Writing
Rus is delighted to be teaching writing classes at Queens University-Belfast. He is also working on his latest book project, which focuses on the assimilation of refugees into Northern Irish culture through sport. He is the author of four books, including the recent All the Dreams We've Dreamed: a Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago's West Side and Paddy on the Hardwood: a Journey in Irish Hoops. After coaching basketball for fourteen seasons at University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) and New Mexico State University, he left the game to pursue a life in writing. A professor in NMSU’s MFA program, his books focus on the intersections of sport, social justice, and race. He still directs his acclaimed Basketball in the Barrio summer program in El Paso, Texas. A Chicago native, he is an accomplished fiddle player who plans to pursue this hobby in the pubs of Belfast.