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Brett Rutherford's Bibliography

 

Other Projects

 

 

Contributing editor: Printing News, 1982 to 2004. This weekly newspaper serves the graphic arts industry's largest market. BR contrbuted new reporting, editorial columns, book reviews, and printing history features. Among his latest articles were two definitive statistical studies on the decline of printing establishments in Manhattan.

Catalogs and promotion materials for the Executive Certification Program (ECP) of National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1985-1986. Extensive consulting with program director and graduate school faculty including editing of trade press articles prepared by marketing professors. BR helped create a curriculum on marketing that was taught at more than half a dozen universities in the 1980s and 1990s.

Editor and principal writer for PrintCatalog, the first detailed catalog of the publications of Printing Industries of America. Project involved reviewing and selecting from among some 600 published items. Issued 1985. At the time this project was undertaken, this national business group and its affiliated special interest groups had no publications catalog at all.

Editor, PrintEd Letters, a member service newsletter of Printing Industries of America, 1985-1986.

Contributing editor, Productivity Plus: The Practical Newsletter for Graphic Arts Waste & Spoilage Measurement & Control. 1983-1984. Printing Industries of America.

Editor, Managing Print Sales, A monthly newsletter for printers, by Printing Industries of America, 1983 to 1990 (publication merged with Successful Print Sales ).

Editor, Successful Print Sales, A monthly newsletter for printers by Printing Industries of America, 1983 to 1992.

Editor, Practical Marketing for Printers, a monthly newsletter for printers by Printing Industries of America, from September 1983 to the end of 1992.

Editor, Vectors: New Technology for Printing and Publishing Executives. Published from 1982 to 1985 by Printing Industries of America.

Editor, “Things from Afield,” a twice monthly column in Printing News , October 1989 to 1992.

Editor, “Ideas for Action” pages of Quarterly Business Indicator Report , National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1986-87.

Editor, New Equipment, Products and Technology Newsletter , National Association of Printers and Lithographers, 1974-75.

Editor, In Command. A series of 48, 4-page training newsletters for word processing operators, co-authored with Jane Madson. The Economics Press. 1984 to 1989.

Three Books

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 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 272-page paperback contains all the poet's supernatural poems, including more than 72 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 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, again in Germany in 2006, and was recently adapted as a radio play by New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Mass. You can order the print edition 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. The German theatre company Expressis Verbis, produced the play in Heidelberg 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 5,000 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, and is a member of Friends of the Library at Brown University.

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