Chris Ruen is an author, voice actor, digital professional and musician from Brooklyn (by way of Milwaukee) 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 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 16th 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.
As a professional voice actor, he has narrated over forty audiobooks.
He is the son of a Lutheran pastor, interviewed Noam Chomsky as a high school teenager, grew up amidst four litters of Lhasa Apso puppies, regards the late winter ice sheets of Lake Michigan with reverence and never met an Eastern Red Cedar he didn't want to slaughter.
There is a novel (set in the summer of 2003 at a major network news studio in NYC), a children's book and various other projects in even more varied stages of development.