Biography

Candace Butler is an Appalachian poet and writer residing in her hometown of Sugar Grove, Virginia. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a mixed concentration in poetry and creative nonfiction from Antioch University of Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a graphic design concentration from Virginia Intermont College. Poetry, Appalachian literature, life writing, translation studies, typography, and design are her primary research and teaching interests. Candace is former co-poetry editor of online literary magazine Lunch Ticket. Her poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Nikki Giovanni Volume VIIIStill: The Journal (forthcoming), One, The Pikeville Review, Prime Number Magazine, Clamor, RiverLit, Pure Coincidence, About Place Journal, Eclectica Magazine, 3 Elements Review, Silver Birch Press, Kind of a Hurricane Press, and others. A comprehensive list of Candace's publications is on her website.

Research Interests
poetry, life writing, Appalachian literature, translation, biography versus autobiography, and design

Current Projects
two full-length poetry books, forthcoming
translating a full-length poetry book into English, in progress

Publications
Nothing Is So Lovely, Finishing Line Press (2016)
Royal Crown, Wild Leek Press (2014)

Educational Background

MFA Creative Writing, Antioch University of Los Angeles
Poetry & Creative Nonfiction
Critical Paper: “Walking the Line Between Biography and Autobiography”
Graduate Presentation: "An Alternate Perspective: Persona Poetry"

BA English, Virginia Intermont College
Literature & Creative Writing
Honors Program Concentration
Thesis: “Appalachian Murder Ballads: Addressing the Anxieties of Southern Appalachia”
Honors Program Thesis: “Academia Changes the Message of Rap Music”

BFA Art, Virginia Intermont College
Graphic Design
Honors Program Concentration
Mathematics Minor
Senior Exhibition: “Appalachia Through the Eyes of an Appalachian”