Thaddeus Rutkowski Fiction Writer


Thaddeus Rutkowski grew up in central Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of the creative memoir Guess and Check (Gival Press) and the short-fiction collection Violent Outbursts (Spuyten Duyvil). He is also the author of the novels Haywire (Starcherone/Dzanc), Tetched (Behler Publications) and Roughhouse (Kaya Press). All three novels were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award, and Haywire won the Members' Choice Award, given by members of the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York. Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution's fiction best-seller list. Tetched was chosen as one of the best books reviewed in 2006 by Chronogram magazine.

He received a 2012 fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His stories and poems have been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize.

His work is anthologized in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry; Up Is Up, but So Is Down: The New York Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images; and other collections. His stories have appeared in Asia Literary Review, American Letters and Commentary, Crowd, CutBank, Faultline, Fiction, Fiction International, Global City Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The International Herald Tribune, The Laurel Review, The New York Times, Pleiades, Potomac Review and many other publications.

He teaches literature at Medgar Evers College and fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York, and has taught at Pace University, the Hudson Valley Writers Center and the Asian American Writers Workshop. He received grants to visit the Community College of Philadelphia, the Gunston School, Rowan University, Rutgers University Camden, St. Lawrence University, San Jose State University, the University of Pennsylvania, Utica College and the University of Northern Colorado. He has been a resident writer at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and other colonies. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and other papers. He has worked since 1985 as a copy editor for magazines.

He is a one-time winner of the Nuyorican Poets Café Friday slam, the Poetry Versus Comedy slam at the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Syracuse poetry slam. He was selected to read in the former home of East German President Erich Honecker in Berlin. He has been a featured reader in Budapest, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Paris and Singapore, as well as in a number of U.S. cities.

He lives with his wife and his daughter in Manhattan.





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