Friday, January 4, 2019
Lost a Friend Last Night
I learned this morning that Frank Rutledge died last night, January 3, 2019.
Frank Rutledge was my friend. We met around 10 years ago. A group of us organized a poetry-reading tent at Batavia’s Art in Your Eye festival and he read there. Our shared interest in writing led us to work on other things together. I attended the writer’s group he led at the Batavia Library for a while. We started Early Morning Risers at Limestone – originally meeting to share and discuss short stories. We worked together, along with Heather Ruffalo and our leader, Ritta Basu, at FewerThan500.com. And of course, he was an important part of Waterline Writers. He was always supportive of all my attempts at writing. He was the one who really helped me appreciate poetry – even prose poetry. And, last but not least, he was also a fellow train geek. I hope he is now at peace.