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 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.


Anonymous said...

No words. Only sadness.

cassie67 said...

So sorry to hear this, Kevin. I saw Frank just last week at the library, and he said then he was happy to be out of the hospital after 19 days. I sent an email to Stacey Peterson letting her know the news.

Ron and I met Frank long ago when he came to our writers' group when we were meeting at Borders in Wheaton. I always enjoyed the images in his work, but when we heard him read at Waterline a year or two ago, I was impressed with how his poems had deepened in meaning. The Waterline Writers do a great job of supporting and encouraging each other, and Frank certainly flourished with such a great group of writers around.

My condolences to Frank's family and his large circle of writing friends.

Christine Edison