Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Thaddeus Rutkowski. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
—Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 159–167
- Your writing process described as a song:
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
I write because it’s the easiest way for me to express myself. Early on, it was hard for me to just talk, to just tell people how I was feeling, so I wrote it down. I have become better at conversing in the easy, normal way, but the original motivation is still there.
As to why I write instead of paint, or sing, or make movies, well, writing just comes more easily to me. It doesn’t matter how you express yourself—you just need to find your voice or talent and then keeping doing it, no matter what.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
“The Patient as Mobile Device,” Flash Fiction Magazine
Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the books Violent Outbursts, Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. Haywire won the Members’ Choice Award, given by the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York. He received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
See you next week with another not-so-typical interview.