Candace Butler

Lecturer of Writing & Design English and Art

Candace Butler is Lecturer of Writing & Design at Emory & Henry College. Butler is a professional graphic designer and Appalachian poet residing in Abingdon, Virginia.

Butler holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University of Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Graphic Design concentration from Virginia Intermont College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus in Literature & Creative Writing from Virginia Intermont College. Her primary research and teaching interests are Appalachian ballads, portraiture, poetry, graphic design, publishing, typography, book arts, and letterpress printing.


  • M.F.A. Creative Writing in Poetry & Creative Nonfiction
    Antioch University of Los Angeles
  • B.F.A. Art in Graphic Design
    Virginia Intermont College
  • B.A. English in Literature & Creative Writing
    Virginia Intermont College

Professional Experience

Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Wild Leek Press, an independent literary press focusing on letterpress printing and design, which is currently located in the basement of Byars Hall. She is former Co-Poetry Editor of Lunch Ticket, an online literary magazine. Butler is an in-house graphic designer for a prestigious local business. She is also a ’Round the Mountain artisan.

Butler has two chapbooks of poetry, Nothing Is So Lovely (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and Royal Crown (Wild Leek Press, 2014). Her poems appear in several journals and anthologies, including The Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Nikki Giovanni Volume VIIIStill: The JournalOne, 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 Butler’s publications is on her website.

  • Candace Butler