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Brett Rutherford's Bibliography

 

Graphic Design, Typesetting, Prepress
& Desktop Publishing Publications

In addition to writing about graphic design and prepress topics, Brett Rutherford has working experience as a publication and book designer. He has set metal type by hand, and has operated every generation of typesetting equipment from the strike-on "cold type" machines of the 1970s through the last generation of digital typesetters. He was an early user of Ventura Publisher, Corel Draw and other desktop publishing programs, and continues to work with up-to-date tools to create new book designs, web pages, and e-books.

These are his publications on design and prepress topics (see also the Printing History Biblio page and the Technology Biblio page for more):

"Anti-profit attitude is biggest challenge.” Based on BR's presentation to Typographers' Association of New York. The Typographer, April/May 1983.

Art and Copy Preparation for Gravure. Gravure Technical Association, 1982. A guide for artists and designers. Edited from materials prepared by ad agencies and prep houses.

“Artists can improve productivity, too!” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1978.

“Berthold gives us Rhyme and Reason: A Typographic Novel for type lovers.” (Book review). Printing News, January 22, 1988.

“Bourges offers elegant approach to the correct selection of color.” [Book review] Printing News , January 12, 1998. 1 p.

“The camera choice: a survey.” NAPL Special Report, 1979.

“Can dot matrix printers become low cost typesetters?” Vectors,  June 1984.

“Database management services could be a gold mine for the small shop.” Printing News, April 6, 1992.

“GATF's Direct Mail Pal is an all-around production handbook.” Book review. Printing News, September 30, 2002. 2 pp.

“Get it printed says it all — the uneasy world of the novice desktop designer.” Printing News, August 20, 2001. 1 p.

“Hefty Illustrators XXX celebrates work of America's topnotch artists.” [Book review]. Printing News, September 23, 1989. 2 pp.

“In-house typesetting: the real story.” A brochure for Typographers Association of New York, c. 1985.

“Jan White's new manual is guide for desktop publishing designers.” [Book review]. Printing News, July 23, 1988.

“Lindenmeyr paper festival draws 400 annual report designers to the Tower Suite.” Review of premium papers for annual reports. Printing News, October 14, 1989.

“Manual of Comparative Typography should aid in identifying typefaces.” [A book review and evaluation of a new typeface identification system.] Printing News, February 6, 1988. 2 pp.

“Microcomputers as front end systems.” Two-part series, Vectors, February-March 1985.

“MS Publisher 2000 enables pack-and-go file transfer to printers, service bureaus.” Printing News , December 14, 1998. 2 pp.

“New concern for VDT users: electromagnetic side effects.” Printing News, December 2, 1989. 2 pp.

“New folding guide offers complete layouts and setups for every known paper fold.” Book review. Printing News, January 6, 2003.

“Pleas of VDT operators heard in west; can East coast firms be far behind?” [Review of VDT legislation.] Printing News, January 7, 1991. 2 pp.

“Postage stamp design and printing embrace digital prepress workflow.” Printing News , December 11, 2000. 3 pp. Also published in Micro-Publishing News and on-line by Cygnus Graphics Network.

“The printer and Universal Product Codes.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1978.

“Printers in the market for profit should mind their digital assets [A primer on digital asset management].” Printing News, Aug. 24, 1998. 4 pp.

“Pros and cons of typesetting methods,” Pre-Press, October 1984.

“The Reproduction of Color treats subject as a quantifiable science.” [Book review]. Printing News, August 6, 1988.

“Serious fears voiced at Type 87 on the quality of design in future.” Printing News, October 24, 1987. 3 pp.

“Small canvas: postage stamps present designers with ahost of unique challenges and opportunities.” Micro Publishing News and Micro Publishing News On-Line , December 2000.

“Software programs convert varied word processor files.” Printing News, January 8, 1990. 2 pp.

“Stocking stuffer: USPS guide makes an ideal gift for all direct mail customers.” Book review. Printing News, November 18, 2002. 1 p.

“Swanson's Graphic Design and Reading furnishes food for thought to type lovers.” Book review. Printing News , October 30, 2000. 2 pp.

“TANY rates DuPont's Design System on its merits as typesetting service.” Printing News, October 3, 1987.

“Thirty Centuries of Graphic Design, a unique perspective on the industry.” [Book review]. Printing News, May 7, 1988. 2 pp.

“Two possible entries into PostScript world.” Printing News, January 21, 1991. 2 pp.

“Type's connections with art history traced in Gottschall's superb book.” [Book review] Printing News, June 10, 1989. 3 pp.

“Typographic triumph from U.S. Litho celebrates lure of faraway places.” [Book review] Printing News, February 22, 1986.

“Unbridled font mania soon to seize the world of electronic publishing.” Printing News, June 24, 1989. 2 pp.

“Vita brevis, ars longa: calligraphy lives on in a stellar AIGA exhibit.” Printing News, November 1, 1999. 2 pp.

“Welcome new textbook explains computer color graphics.” Book review of Computer Color Graphics: Understanding Today's Visual Communications. Printing News , November 13, 2000. 1 p.

“What salespeople need to know about telecommunications and media conversion.” Successful Print Sales, three-part series, July-September 1986. 9 pp.

“WIP gets a first look at CTP in action during Seybert Nicholas plant tour.” On-site look at a new computer-to-plate system. Printing News , July 3, 2000. 3 pp. plus photographs by BR.

“Word processing to type: shortcut to productivity and profit.” Vectors, September 1982. 4 pp.

“Zapf delivers plainspoken message for a provocative coda to Type 87.” Printing News, October 31, 1987.

Word Processing and Office Automation

Brett Rutherford and Jane Madson-McCabe created "In Command," a series of newsletters in the early days of word processing, aimed at helping operators with only typing skills to learn the complexities of this new technology. This series was sold to The Economics Press, which published them. Over 100,000 newsletters were sold by subscription.

“Advantages of word processing programs.” Based on BR's presentation to Meeting Industry Microcomputer Users' Group, New York. MIMUG Newsletter, June 1984.

“A few questions before you start.” In Command, 1984.

“Calendars and schedules: how your word processor can help.” In Command, 1987.

“Care and handling of floppy disks.” In Command, 1984.

“Cleaning up the floppy disk jungle.” In Command, 1987.

“Common word processing errors.” In Command, 1984.

“Creative use of headers and footers.” In Command, 1987.

“Database programs can add power to word processing.” In Command, 1987.

“Do your skills need a refresher?” In Command, 1987.

“Electrical problems and your word processor.” In Command, 1987.

“File less by keeping electronic archives.” In Command, 1987.

“Filing on floppy disks.” In Command, 1984.

“First thing in the morning.” In Command, 1984.

“Getting help on word processing problems.” In Command, 1985.

“Getting the most from your dot matrix printer. ” In Command. 1987.

“Guarding computers, databases, electronic equipment from erratic power flow damage.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, December 1986.

“Handling block maneuvers.” In Command, 1984.

“'Hands off' typing and editing.” In Command, 1984.

“Here's how to input word processed manuscript for best typeset output.” Printing News, November 7, 1987.

“How long should it take: scheduling WP activities.” In Command, 1986.

“How to save time typing forms.” In Command, 1985.

“Hyphenation without headaches.” In Command, 1984.

“I need a thousand copies of this.” Administrative Management, September 1982, pp. 45-48.

“The importance of formatting.” In Command, 1984.

“In-house printing offers many new options.” Office Administration and Automation, August 1985.

“In-house printing: more options, more flexibility.” Office Administration & Automation, July 1984.

“Let the word processor check your spelling.” In Command, 1985.

“Maintaining an efficient file system.” In Command, 1984.

“Make friends with your word processor.” In Command, 1985.

“Making the most of 'search and replace'.” In Command, 1984.

“Making the most of special print features.” In Command, 1985.

“Making the most of the CRT screen.” In Command, 1985.

“More about floppy disks and disk drives.” In Command, 1987.

“Pagination made easy.” In Command, 1985.

“Personal computers mean business.” Vectors, August 1982.

“Planning pays off in mailing lists.” In Command.

“Preparing documents for typesetting.” In Command, 1985.

“Proofreading and editing skills.” In Command. 1985.

“Rosters and lists the easy way.” In Command, 1987.

“Sharing a printer.” In Command, 1985.

“Taking care of your word processor.” In Command, 1985.

“Taking the aches and pains out of your work.” In Command, 1984.

“Temperamental printers.” In Command, 1985.

“Things to do before you type.” In Command, 1984.

“Three ways to print your jobs.” In Command, 1985.

“Tips for trouble-shooting.” In Command, 1984.

“Tips for typing long documents.” In Command, 1985.

“Typing multi-column documents.” In Command, 1985.

“Understanding your operating system.” In Command. 1985.

“User-defined keys mean less typing.” In Command, 1985.

“Using your daisy wheel printing capabilities.” In Command, 1987.

“When – and how – to make copies of files.” In Command, 1985.

“Word processing after one year – a checklist.” In Command, 1987.

“The word processing cycle.” In Command, 1985.

“Word processing for printers.” Vectors, two-part series, September-October 1982.

“Working with two files at one time.” In Command. 1987.

“Your creativity pays dividends.” In Command, 1984.

 

The Death of Jocasta The Writer's Circle of Providence selected Brett Rutherford's dramatic scene, "The Death of Jocasta," for a staged reading in April 2004. This reading was at Alumni Hall at Brown University, with a cast of professional actresses and students. The scene, in blank verse in ancient Greek style, is written to be inserted in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. In the Sophocles original, Queen Jocasta does the "proper" thing by committing suicide offstage when she learns that she has been married to her own son for twenty years. Rutherford's drama is a feminist exploration of Queen Jocasta's dilemma. In this version, she does not commit suicide: she is put on trial and condemned by the women of Thebes, and offers up a spirited self-defense. This small play had a tremendous impact on its audience, many of whom mistook it for a translation.

Printing History & Literature Lecturer Brett Rutherford has written articles and book reviews on printing history and is a book collector. He has given lectures for the John Russell Bartlett Society at The Providence Athenaeum, Brown University, and The Providence Public Library on "Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters," "Poe and Mrs. Whitman," and "Illustrated Editions of Edgar Allan Poe." At the Athenaeum, he has lectured on Edgar Allan Poe and Sarah Helen Whitman, and has read his supernatural poems there in a series of annual Halloween readings.
For the last two years, Rutherford has been a guest lecturer at New England Institute of Art (AI) in Brookline, Mass, where he has presented on H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.


Classical Music Connections An avid collector of classical music and an occasional composer of keyboard music, Brett Rutherford has helped The Providence Athenaeum establish Rhode Island's best and most accessible circulating library of classical CDs. He has donated his entire collection of 4,000 CDs, ranging from Chinese opera to 20th century music, to be the foundation of the new circulating collection. He hopes to organize programs and lectures that will help re-establish the historic link between literature and art music. This collection also has a strong emphasis on American music.

Brett Rutherford also writes program notes for the invitational chamber music concerts given by pianist Varda Lev, and for the concert series of The Rhode Island Chamber Music Society.


The H.P. Lovecraft Friends Group To foster local and international interest in H.P. Lovecraft and his Providence connections, Brett Rutherford established an informal H.P. Lovecraft Friends Group. This group meets sporadically for luncheons and field trips to graveyards, Lovecraft haunts, and other locales of spectral or literary interest. Rutherford usually runs these meetings and includes informal lectures on such topics as the origin of Gorgons, sea monsters, classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, Goethe's Faust, Lizzie Borden, and Poe- and Lovecraft-related topics. Sixteen issues of a tabloid-sized newsletter, titled The Cthulhu Prayer Society Newsletter, have been produced in print and on-line. Rutherford also runs a Yahoo discussion group called "Lovecraft In Providence," which encourages worldwide dissemination of these materials. Some people take delight in these things, although one librarian looked at the newsletter and snapped, "You people are nuts!"


Night Gaunts Brett Rutherford's play, Night Gaunts, was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the death of America's greatest horror writer, who spent almost his entire life in Providence. Two staged readings in 1987 and 1990 featured actor Carl Johnson as H.P. Lovecraft and played to sold-out houses. The script was published by The Poet's Press in 1988, and in a new, revised edition in 2005. The play includes two vivid female characters — Lovecraft's mother, who gets a great mad scene, and Lovecraft's New York wife, Sonia Greene, who enacts a kind of "Horror Honeymooners" with the romantically inept author. This play was adapted by Hal Hamilton into a radio drama, broadcast in Boston in October 2004, and was performed in Heidelberg, Germany in 2006..


Never Far From A Library Libraries are central to Brett Rutherford's existence. He grew up in places where they were minimal if not nonexistent. In recent years, he has donated almost all of his personal collections to libraries where they will be preserved and made accessible to the public. He gave more than 350 specimens of printing by the Roycrofters to The Providence Athenaeum, as well as his collection of 4,000 classical CDs. He has donated a collection of wood engravings by artist John DePol to the Providence Public Library's Daniel Berkeley Updike Collection, along with a number of books on printing history. Complete sets of the editions published by The Poet's Press have been donated to the Harris Collection at the John Hay Library at Brown University, and to Poets House in New York City. Rutherford chairs the Philbrick Poetry Prize Committee for the Providence Athenaeum..

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Brett Rutherford's Bibliography

 

Graphic Design, Typesetting, Prepress
& Desktop Publishing Publications

In addition to writing about graphic design and prepress topics, Brett Rutherford has working experience as a publication and book designer. He has set metal type by hand, and has operated every generation of typesetting equipment from the strike-on "cold type" machines of the 1970s through the last generation of digital typesetters. He was an early user of Ventura Publisher, Corel Draw and other desktop publishing programs, and continues to work with up-to-date tools to create new book designs, web pages, and e-books.

These are his publications on design and prepress topics (see also the Printing History Biblio page and the Technology Biblio page for more):

"Anti-profit attitude is biggest challenge.” Based on BR's presentation to Typographers' Association of New York. The Typographer, April/May 1983.

Art and Copy Preparation for Gravure. Gravure Technical Association, 1982. A guide for artists and designers. Edited from materials prepared by ad agencies and prep houses.

“Artists can improve productivity, too!” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1978.

“Berthold gives us Rhyme and Reason: A Typographic Novel for type lovers.” (Book review). Printing News, January 22, 1988.

“Bourges offers elegant approach to the correct selection of color.” [Book review] Printing News , January 12, 1998. 1 p.

“The camera choice: a survey.” NAPL Special Report, 1979.

“Can dot matrix printers become low cost typesetters?” Vectors,  June 1984.

“Database management services could be a gold mine for the small shop.” Printing News, April 6, 1992.

“GATF's Direct Mail Pal is an all-around production handbook.” Book review. Printing News, September 30, 2002. 2 pp.

“Get it printed says it all — the uneasy world of the novice desktop designer.” Printing News, August 20, 2001. 1 p.

“Hefty Illustrators XXX celebrates work of America's topnotch artists.” [Book review]. Printing News, September 23, 1989. 2 pp.

“In-house typesetting: the real story.” A brochure for Typographers Association of New York, c. 1985.

“Jan White's new manual is guide for desktop publishing designers.” [Book review]. Printing News, July 23, 1988.

“Lindenmeyr paper festival draws 400 annual report designers to the Tower Suite.” Review of premium papers for annual reports. Printing News, October 14, 1989.

“Manual of Comparative Typography should aid in identifying typefaces.” [A book review and evaluation of a new typeface identification system.] Printing News, February 6, 1988. 2 pp.

“Microcomputers as front end systems.” Two-part series, Vectors, February-March 1985.

“MS Publisher 2000 enables pack-and-go file transfer to printers, service bureaus.” Printing News , December 14, 1998. 2 pp.

“New concern for VDT users: electromagnetic side effects.” Printing News, December 2, 1989. 2 pp.

“New folding guide offers complete layouts and setups for every known paper fold.” Book review. Printing News, January 6, 2003.

“Pleas of VDT operators heard in west; can East coast firms be far behind?” [Review of VDT legislation.] Printing News, January 7, 1991. 2 pp.

“Postage stamp design and printing embrace digital prepress workflow.” Printing News , December 11, 2000. 3 pp. Also published in Micro-Publishing News and on-line by Cygnus Graphics Network.

“The printer and Universal Product Codes.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1978.

“Printers in the market for profit should mind their digital assets [A primer on digital asset management].” Printing News, Aug. 24, 1998. 4 pp.

“Pros and cons of typesetting methods,” Pre-Press, October 1984.

“The Reproduction of Color treats subject as a quantifiable science.” [Book review]. Printing News, August 6, 1988.

“Serious fears voiced at Type 87 on the quality of design in future.” Printing News, October 24, 1987. 3 pp.

“Small canvas: postage stamps present designers with ahost of unique challenges and opportunities.” Micro Publishing News and Micro Publishing News On-Line , December 2000.

“Software programs convert varied word processor files.” Printing News, January 8, 1990. 2 pp.

“Stocking stuffer: USPS guide makes an ideal gift for all direct mail customers.” Book review. Printing News, November 18, 2002. 1 p.

“Swanson's Graphic Design and Reading furnishes food for thought to type lovers.” Book review. Printing News , October 30, 2000. 2 pp.

“TANY rates DuPont's Design System on its merits as typesetting service.” Printing News, October 3, 1987.

“Thirty Centuries of Graphic Design, a unique perspective on the industry.” [Book review]. Printing News, May 7, 1988. 2 pp.

“Two possible entries into PostScript world.” Printing News, January 21, 1991. 2 pp.

“Type's connections with art history traced in Gottschall's superb book.” [Book review] Printing News, June 10, 1989. 3 pp.

“Typographic triumph from U.S. Litho celebrates lure of faraway places.” [Book review] Printing News, February 22, 1986.

“Unbridled font mania soon to seize the world of electronic publishing.” Printing News, June 24, 1989. 2 pp.

“Vita brevis, ars longa: calligraphy lives on in a stellar AIGA exhibit.” Printing News, November 1, 1999. 2 pp.

“Welcome new textbook explains computer color graphics.” Book review of Computer Color Graphics: Understanding Today's Visual Communications. Printing News , November 13, 2000. 1 p.

“What salespeople need to know about telecommunications and media conversion.” Successful Print Sales, three-part series, July-September 1986. 9 pp.

“WIP gets a first look at CTP in action during Seybert Nicholas plant tour.” On-site look at a new computer-to-plate system. Printing News , July 3, 2000. 3 pp. plus photographs by BR.

“Word processing to type: shortcut to productivity and profit.” Vectors, September 1982. 4 pp.

“Zapf delivers plainspoken message for a provocative coda to Type 87.” Printing News, October 31, 1987.

Word Processing and Office Automation

Brett Rutherford and Jane Madson-McCabe created "In Command," a series of newsletters in the early days of word processing, aimed at helping operators with only typing skills to learn the complexities of this new technology. This series was sold to The Economics Press, which published them. Over 100,000 newsletters were sold by subscription.

“Advantages of word processing programs.” Based on BR's presentation to Meeting Industry Microcomputer Users' Group, New York. MIMUG Newsletter, June 1984.

“A few questions before you start.” In Command, 1984.

“Calendars and schedules: how your word processor can help.” In Command, 1987.

“Care and handling of floppy disks.” In Command, 1984.

“Cleaning up the floppy disk jungle.” In Command, 1987.

“Common word processing errors.” In Command, 1984.

“Creative use of headers and footers.” In Command, 1987.

“Database programs can add power to word processing.” In Command, 1987.

“Do your skills need a refresher?” In Command, 1987.

“Electrical problems and your word processor.” In Command, 1987.

“File less by keeping electronic archives.” In Command, 1987.

“Filing on floppy disks.” In Command, 1984.

“First thing in the morning.” In Command, 1984.

“Getting help on word processing problems.” In Command, 1985.

“Getting the most from your dot matrix printer. ” In Command. 1987.

“Guarding computers, databases, electronic equipment from erratic power flow damage.” National Association of Printers and Lithographers, December 1986.

“Handling block maneuvers.” In Command, 1984.

“'Hands off' typing and editing.” In Command, 1984.

“Here's how to input word processed manuscript for best typeset output.” Printing News, November 7, 1987.

“How long should it take: scheduling WP activities.” In Command, 1986.

“How to save time typing forms.” In Command, 1985.

“Hyphenation without headaches.” In Command, 1984.

“I need a thousand copies of this.” Administrative Management, September 1982, pp. 45-48.

“The importance of formatting.” In Command, 1984.

“In-house printing offers many new options.” Office Administration and Automation, August 1985.

“In-house printing: more options, more flexibility.” Office Administration & Automation, July 1984.

“Let the word processor check your spelling.” In Command, 1985.

“Maintaining an efficient file system.” In Command, 1984.

“Make friends with your word processor.” In Command, 1985.

“Making the most of 'search and replace'.” In Command, 1984.

“Making the most of special print features.” In Command, 1985.

“Making the most of the CRT screen.” In Command, 1985.

“More about floppy disks and disk drives.” In Command, 1987.

“Pagination made easy.” In Command, 1985.

“Personal computers mean business.” Vectors, August 1982.

“Planning pays off in mailing lists.” In Command.

“Preparing documents for typesetting.” In Command, 1985.

“Proofreading and editing skills.” In Command. 1985.

“Rosters and lists the easy way.” In Command, 1987.

“Sharing a printer.” In Command, 1985.

“Taking care of your word processor.” In Command, 1985.

“Taking the aches and pains out of your work.” In Command, 1984.

“Temperamental printers.” In Command, 1985.

“Things to do before you type.” In Command, 1984.

“Three ways to print your jobs.” In Command, 1985.

“Tips for trouble-shooting.” In Command, 1984.

“Tips for typing long documents.” In Command, 1985.

“Typing multi-column documents.” In Command, 1985.

“Understanding your operating system.” In Command. 1985.

“User-defined keys mean less typing.” In Command, 1985.

“Using your daisy wheel printing capabilities.” In Command, 1987.

“When – and how – to make copies of files.” In Command, 1985.

“Word processing after one year – a checklist.” In Command, 1987.

“The word processing cycle.” In Command, 1985.

“Word processing for printers.” Vectors, two-part series, September-October 1982.

“Working with two files at one time.” In Command. 1987.

“Your creativity pays dividends.” In Command, 1984.

Three New Books in 2005

In what has to be a publishing record, The Poet's Press published three books over the New Years' weekend. First up is the huge 208-page new collection of Brett Rutherford's The Gods As They Are, On Their Planets. This is available as a free PDF on this site, or can be ordered for $19.95 from Our NEW ON-LINE BOOKSTORE. The Providence-based poet has included in this book all the poems he has written and revised since his last big collection, Poems from Providence. CLICK HERE TO READ THE PDF

The second new book is the expanded third edition of Brett Rutherford's landmark poetry collection, Whippoorwill Road: The Supernatural Poetry. This extraordinary 250-page paperback contains all the poet's supernatural poems, including more than 40 pages of new poems since 1998. Praised by Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury, these poems may be the best supernatural poems of the 20th century. Now you can read the entire PDF free on this site, or order the print edition for $19.95 from our NEW ON-LINE BOOKSTORE. To READ THE PDF, CLICK HERE.

The third new book is the expanded second edition of Brett Rutherford's biographical play, Night Gaunts: An Entertainment Based on the Life and Writings of H.P. Lovecraft. The book also includes a number of "ceremonial" poems written to be read at H.P. Lovecraft's grave in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. The play has been performed twice at The Providence Athenaeum, and was recently adapted as a radio play by New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Mass. You can order the print edition for $14.95 from our NEW ON-LINE BOOKSTORE. To read the PDF, CLICK HERE

The Death of Jocasta The Writer's Circle of Providence selected Brett Rutherford's dramatic scene, "The Death of Jocasta," for a staged reading in April 2004. This reading was at Alumni Hall at Brown University, with a cast of professional actresses and students. The scene, in blank verse in ancient Greek style, is written to be inserted in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. In the Sophocles original, Queen Jocasta does the "proper" thing by committing suicide offstage when she learns that she has been married to her own son for twenty years. Rutherford's drama is a feminist exploration of Queen Jocasta's dilemma. In this version, she does not commit suicide: she is put on trial and condemned by the women of Thebes, and offers up a spirited self-defense. This small play had a tremendous impact on its audience, many of whom mistook it for a translation.

Printing History & Literature Lecturer Brett Rutherford has written articles and book reviews on printing history and is a book collector. He has given lectures for the John Russell Bartlett Society at The Providence Athenaeum, Brown University, and The Providence Public Library on "Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters," "Poe and Mrs. Whitman," and "Illustrated Editions of Edgar Allan Poe." At the Athenaeum, he has lectured on Edgar Allan Poe and Sarah Helen Whitman, and has read his supernatural poems there in a series of annual Halloween readings.
For the last two years, Rutherford has been a guest lecturer at New England Institute of Art (AI) in Brookline, Mass, where he has presented on H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.


Classical Music Connections An avid collector of classical music and an occasional composer of keyboard music, Brett Rutherford has helped The Providence Athenaeum establish Rhode Island's best and most accessible circulating library of classical CDs. He has donated his entire collection of 4,000 CDs, ranging from Chinese opera to 20th century music, to be the foundation of the new circulating collection. He hopes to organize programs and lectures that will help re-establish the historic link between literature and art music. This collection also has a strong emphasis on American music.

Brett Rutherford also writes program notes for the invitational chamber music concerts given by pianist Varda Lev, and for the concert series of The Rhode Island Chamber Music Society.


The H.P. Lovecraft Friends Group To foster local and international interest in H.P. Lovecraft and his Providence connections, Brett Rutherford established an informal H.P. Lovecraft Friends Group. This group meets sporadically for luncheons and field trips to graveyards, Lovecraft haunts, and other locales of spectral or literary interest. Rutherford usually runs these meetings and includes informal lectures on such topics as the origin of Gorgons, sea monsters, classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, Goethe's Faust, Lizzie Borden, and Poe- and Lovecraft-related topics. Sixteen issues of a tabloid-sized newsletter, titled The Cthulhu Prayer Society Newsletter, have been produced in print and on-line. Rutherford also runs a Yahoo discussion group called "Lovecraft In Providence," which encourages worldwide dissemination of these materials. Some people take delight in these things, although one librarian looked at the newsletter and snapped, "You people are nuts!"


Night Gaunts Brett Rutherford's play, Night Gaunts, was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the death of America's greatest horror writer, who spent almost his entire life in Providence. Two staged readings in 1987 and 1990 featured actor Carl Johnson as H.P. Lovecraft and played to sold-out houses. The script was published by The Poet's Press in 1988, and in a new, revised edition in 2005. The play includes two vivid female characters — Lovecraft's mother, who gets a great mad scene, and Lovecraft's New York wife, Sonia Greene, who enacts a kind of "Horror Honeymooners" with the romantically inept author. This play was adapted by Hal Hamilton into a radio drama, broadcast in Boston in October 2004 and soon to be issued as a CD.


Never Far From A Library Libraries are central to Brett Rutherford's existence. He grew up in places where they were minimal if not nonexistent. In recent years, he has donated almost all of his personal collections to libraries where they will be preserved and made accessible to the public. He gave more than 350 specimens of printing by the Roycrofters to The Providence Athenaeum, as well as his collection of 4,000 classical CDs. He has donated a collection of wood engravings by artist John DePol to the Providence Public Library's Daniel Berkeley Updike Collection, along with a number of books on printing history. Complete sets of the editions published by The Poet's Press have been donated to the Harris Collection at the John Hay Library at Brown University, and to Poets House in New York City. Rutherford chairs the Philbrick Poetry Prize Committee for the Providence Athenaeum..

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