Ethan Rutherford
Contributor History

Ethan Rutherford
Photograph © Lou Russo Photography
Ethan Rutherford’s first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories (Ecco/HarperCollins), was a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the John Leonard Award, received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award. His second collection of stories, Farthest South, will be published in 2021 by A Strange Object. His fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. ​​​​​



In Print

Vol. 75
Dispatches from Solitude
Fall 2020
Edited by Bradford Morrow


January 19, 2021
. . . a well-perfumed friend, wise both
in the olfactory and in love, taught me
to spray with economy, to wear scent
as a private pleasure, evident only to
a lover in kissing distance.

January 11, 2021
One’s opportunities to be unhappy are

Unlimited.     Or limited, but only by

One’s own imagination, which is powerful

But fragile, is defenseless,     but is limited

Only by things unseen.     As Bark Psychosis did it
January 4, 2021
As life encroaches on the dreaming
bedpost, you remember

a chip of ice you found in river
sludge, its sheen a mute witness

to increments of change
as lens and pure belief.