Ethan Rutherford

Ethan Rutherford was born in Seattle, and now lives in the Midwest. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, New York Tyrant, Esopus, Five Chapters, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has received special mention in the 2009, 2010 and 2013 editions of the Pushcart Prize, and received awards from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, and has taught creative writing at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center. He is the guitarist for the band Pennyroyal, which has been assaulting the ears of its listeners with songs of the ocean and long lost love since 2010. He is currently at work on a novel set in the Alaskan wilderness. (Photo credit: Heather Kraft)

His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, a “Best Book of the Summer” by Publishers Weekly, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award. It was also a finalist for the John Leonard Prize (NBCC), the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, received honorable mention for the PEN / Hemingway Award, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award.


Numero Cinq interview (with music!)
Read to Write Stories interview about craft and “Dirwhals!”
Minnesota Public Radio review and discussion
Discover Great New Writers interview with Matt Burgess
First Draft on Aspen Public Radio
Ploughshares interview with Paul Yoon
One Story interview about The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories
One Story interview about “Summer, Boys”
Gameological Society interview: NES, nostalgia, and “Contra”
The Gaudy Interview: Summer Camp, and Emotional Discontent
Shelf Awareness Book Brahmin interview
Express Milwaukee interview discussing “The Peripatetic Coffin”


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