Candace Butler is a songwriter, professional graphic designer, and Appalachian poet residing in Abingdon, Virginia.
Known for her print design work, Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Wild Leek Press, an independent literary press focusing on letterpress printing and design. She is also an in-house graphic designer for a prestigious local business.
Butler has two chapbooks of poetry, and her poems appear in journals and anthologies, including The Anthology of Appalachian Writers: Nikki Giovanni Volume VIII, Still: The Journal, 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 (comprehensive list here). She is former Co-Poetry Editor of Lunch Ticket, an online literary magazine, and she has written numerous music and TV/film reviews for various online magazines.
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 received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Graphic Design concentration and Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus in Literature & Creative Writing from Virginia Intermont College. Butler is Lecturer of Writing & Design at Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA and Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at King University in Bristol, TN. Her primary research and teaching interests are creative writing, graphic design, typography, and letterpress printing.