Chris Ruen is a 35-year-old author, digital professional, voice actor and sometime musician from Brooklyn, NY whose essays and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Seattle Weekly, The New York Press and Stereogum. He is a former Contributing Editor for the internationally-distributed Cool ‘Eh Magazine and has covered music for Tiny Mix Tapes. While studying in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota, he founded The Wake, a student magazine that went on to earn national recognition from the Independent Press Association and is concluding its 15th year in print.
Ruen’s work and projects have been covered by The New York Times, Newsweek, Australian Financial Review, El Mundo, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, Billboard, Salon, N+1, VICE, The Village Voice, and the Sydney Sunday Herald.
His first book, Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Appetite For Free Content Is Starving Creativity, was published in 2012 by OR Books (US/Canada) and later by Scribe Publications (Australia/New Zealand), Scribe UK (United Kingdom) and Ediciones Quinto 20 (Spain and Latin America).
Along with Marc Ribot, Ruen organized and served as Master of Ceremonies for the Artists’ Pay For Radio Play Rally and Concert at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Feb 25th, 2014. Performers, speakers and participants included David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, Jason Moran, Mike Mills, John McCrea and Tift Merritt among many others.
He lives in Brooklyn with his young family.