Mr. Thaddeus Rutkowski

New York, United States

Member Since: 09/15/2011

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 poetry collections Tricks of Light (Great Weather for Media) and Border Crossings (Sensitive Skin), the creative memoir Guess and Check (Gival), the fiction collection Violent Outbursts (Spuyten Duyvil) and the novels Haywire (Starcherone), Tetched (Behler) and Roughhouse (Kaya). Guess and Check won the Electronic Literature bronze award for multicultural fiction, and Haywire won the Asian American Writers' Workshop's members' choice award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA. His writing has appeared in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Fiction, Fiction International and many other publications. He received a fellowship in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Twitter Username: @thadrutkowski


  • Tricks of Light , Great Weather for Media (2020)
  • Border Crossings , Sensitive Skin Books (2018)
  • Guess and Check , Gival Press (2017)
  • Violent Outbursts , Spuyten Duyvil (2015)
  • Haywire , Starcherone/Dzanc (2011)
  • Tetched , Behler Publications (2005)
  • Roughhouse , Kaya Press (1999)


  • Fiction writing fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts(2012)
  • Members' Choice Asian American Literary Award(2013)
  • Electronic Literature Bronze, multicultural fiction(2018)
  • Englih-language poem winner, Kubrick Poetry, Hong Kong(2021)


  • Adjunct lecturer at Medgar Evers College (January 2010 - )
  • Instructor at Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA (September 1999 - )
  • Instructor at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute (September 2017 - January 2019)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Cornell University
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Poetry