Patti Rutka was studying for a Master of Arts in Theology at Bangor Theological Seminary when she proposed a work of fiction based on biblical sources to satisfy her dissertation requirements. Writing in the genre of historical novella, she wrote and published Jairus’s Daughter and Salomé with Wipf and Stock Publishers (both 2010) in the style of midrash, a type of Jewish literature.
That self-taught writing exercise drove home that we are the stories we tell. Since graduating from seminary, she has moved on to writing in the genre she loves most: outdoors narrative nonfiction. Currently she seeks a publisher for her manuscript A River Runs Under It: Wild Riding Whitewater, tales of river running set primarily in New England. An experienced whitewater canoeist, Rutka tells stories about rivers and their paddlers who live larger-than-life fish tales.
Rutka has written several articles for The American Whitewater Journal and she is an assistant editor for AW as well. Some of her essays appear in Breath and Shadow, a New England journal of disability culture, and The Open Door, a publication of Bangor Theological Seminary.
Apart from spending way too much time at the local Starbucks reading and writing, Patti Rutka lives in Saco with two cats and a loving husband.