Brett Rutherford


Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania US

Author's Bio

Founded The Poet's Press in 1971 in NYC; press still operates in Pittsburgh, PA with 318 books to date. As a neo-Romantic poet, areas of special focus in his writing are the Gothic and supernatural, Greek myth, and verse plays. Semi-retired now; worked & taught at University of Rhode Island. Academic work includes studies of Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, World War I literature, Phillis Wheatley, ancient Greek poets, and the history of supernatural poetry.

Publications & Prizes

For the Outsider: Poems Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft (Hippocampus Press, 2023)
Dreams of Fear: Poetry of Terror and the Supernatural (Hippocampus Press, 2013)
On the Wing: American Poems of Air and Space Flight (University of Iowa Press, 2005)
Buried Alive: An Anthology of Underground Writing (Invisible Books, 2004)
Breathe! (Warthog Press, 1980)
It Has Found You: New Poems and Writings 2020-2021 (Poet's Press, 2023)
Pity the Dragon: Poems on Chinese Themes (Poet's Press, 2023)
Callimachus at Alexandria (Poet's Press, 2022)
The Inhuman Wave: New Poems and Revisions 2019-2020 (Poet's Press, 2020)
Whippoorwill Road: The Supernatural Poems (Poet's Press, 2019)
Contact II
Home Planet News
Newport Review
Oxalis Literary Quarterly
Sensations Magazine
Weird Tales

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Poe, Shelley, Jeffers, Akhmatova.

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English American, European American, Native American
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Adults, LGBTQ, Teachers
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Scottdale, PA
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Last update: Nov 13, 2023