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Thaddeus Rutkowski

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Haywire, Tetched and RoughhouseHaywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution’s fiction best-seller list. All three books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York. His writing has appeared in The Outlaw Bible of American PoetryThe New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Fiction and Fiction International. He received a 2012 fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.



Kaya Press 1999

A quirky, deadpan look at fetish, violence, and family. Thaddeus Rutkowski’s novel in short vignettes, gives a harrowingly deadpan account of the tedium, casual violence, and deviant sex lacing together a surreal, semi-rural childhood with adult urban neurosis. In a spare, flat, and unrelenting prose that has been honed to a point, Rutkowski ferrets out the hard bone of absurdity and humor at the center of emotional displacement.

More Thaddeus Rutkowski Books
Starcherone 2010
Behler 2005

“My favorite moment was a crafted jewel, as tight and nuanced a 123-word story as you’re likely to find anywhere. — Nerve Magazine

“Rutkowski combines carefully measured statements with a profound searching of the cultural landscape, refusing to accept literary prototypes.” — American Book Review

“Rutkowski’s tale chronicles the confusion and opacity of traumatic childhood as it criticizes the American society that tolerates such inhumanity.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Thaddeus Rutkowski news

Thaddeus Rutkowski at the Singapore Writers Festival

We love to see our authors having an international impact. Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of ROUGHHOUSE, spoke at the Singapore Writers Festival. He participated in two events. The first, titled “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” invited authors to share their favorite anecdote or reading based on the theme. The second, titled “Real to Print: The Burden of Experience,” explored how […]

Kaya Recommends: WRIT LARGE’s PUBLISH – A Two-Day Underground Publishing Event

New Yorkers: go participate in this amazing underground publishing event by our friends at WRIT LARGE PRESS, featuring Kaya writers Ed Lin and Thaddeus Rutkowski, among many others. Hosted by S2A (www.s2anyc.com), PUBLISH! questions the notion of writing as a private, solitary act and re-imagines the publishing process as an act of announcing. Over the […]

FISTS OF KAYA: Kaya Press Storms Seattle

Kaya authors read at the world-renowned Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle on Thursday April 18th, 5 – 6 p.m., but first, join Kaya for a picnic and historic walk at Lake View Cemetery, originating at Bruce Lee’s grave!

Kaya Press at Brooklyn Book Festival!!

Sunday, September 12, 10-6pm, BKLYN! (http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org) Brooklyn Borough Hall, accessible by 2/3/4/5/A/C/F/R trains Kaya Press will be tearing down the house and raising the roof at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival! Come meet our authors: Ed Lin (Waylaid, This is a Bust) Thaddeus Rutkowski (Rough House) Samantha Chanse (Back to the Graveyard, forthcoming from Kaya […]