Ethan Rutherford

Ethan Rutherford’s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, and Best American Short Stories. His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife and two sons.



The Material is a new series from Covered with Fur. It offers a glimpse of the story behind the story and encourages readers to consider writing as process and publishing as material practice. Ethan Rutherford’s “Ocean Songs,” is this month’s featured fiction.



1. Before we were swimmers we were men. In the Morning and cramped it were our hunger that turned, and before us the Quaker laid the sea and we took as we knew how. The sea turned wide and of the whole it could be said empty of end. 2. The name my father gave […]