Candace Butler is a songwriter, 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 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. Her primary research and teaching interests are creative writing, graphic design, typography, and letterpress printing.
Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Wild Leek Press, an independent literary press focusing on letterpress printing and design. Butler is an in-house graphic designer for a prestigious local business. She is former Co-Poetry Editor of Lunch Ticket, an online literary magazine, and she has written numerous music and film reviews for various online magazines. Butler is a member of the AIGA, the Poetry Society of America, and the Poetry Society of Virginia. She is also a ’Round the Mountain artisan.
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.