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2015 Book Festival Author
Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, Honors English – 2002) and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA, Fiction – 2012). He is the recipient of the 2010 Roark Prize in Poetry, the 2007 Davis Demitasse Poetry Award, and a runner-up in the 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. 

Butler's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Progressive, The Christian Science Monitor, Ploughshares, Narrative, The Kenyon Review Online, Isthmus, Roast, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Magazine, New Verse News, PANK, Volume One, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Sixth Finch, terrain.org, The Lumberyard, and Fresh Cup.

His first novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, was published in March 2014 and received rave reviews. At the heart of the novel is a small Wisconsin town and a group of friends who share a past there. Although some have left the town to find success--or not--they all feel an almost magnetic pull to this place and each other. A New York Times review called the work a "big-hearted book" that is "impressively original."

In addition to his writing, Butler has worked as: a telemarketer, a coffee roaster, a meatpacker, an innkeeper (twice), a liquor store clerk, an office manager, a hot dog vendor, and an author escort. He lives on 16 acres of land in rural Wisconsin. His next door neighbors are about 30 buffalo.

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