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Nickolas Butler

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Nickolas Butler is the author of the novel "Shotgun Lovesongs" and a collection of short stories entitled, "Beneath the Bonfire".

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, he was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. His work has appeared in: Ploughshares, The Christian Science Monitor, The Kenyon Review Online, Narrative, The Progressive, and many other publications.

Along the way he has worked as: a meatpacker, a Burger King maintenance man, a liquor store clerk, a coffee roaster, an office manager, an author escort, an inn-keeper (twice), and several other odd vocations.

He presently lives on 16 acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He
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Nickolas Butler I step away from the computer and go for a walk. Even if it's just to my mailbox. I also find that driving is therapeutic and the land around my house…moreI step away from the computer and go for a walk. Even if it's just to my mailbox. I also find that driving is therapeutic and the land around my house is very picturesque, very inspiring. So sometimes I'll find an excuse to drive to the post office in Eleva or Fall Creek, anything to get me away from a computer screen.

I also think it is crucial to read, read, read. Read old masterpieces, and new masterpieces. Foreign writers, poetry, comic books... I find a great deal of material in my local newspaper, as well.

The thing is, the real world is not a computer screen or Facebook or your iPhone. So I try to get outside my house where inevitably I encounter someone, witness something, or experience some sensation that spurs me forward.(less)
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“In all my travels, only in the Midwest would someone spend their money in a place they hate simply because they feel bad for the proprietors. Also I suppose, because they know your name.”
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“America, I think, is about poor people playing music and poor people sharing food and poor people dancing, even when everything else in their life is so desperate, and so dismal that it doesn't seem there should be any room for any music, any extra food, or any extra energy for dancing. And people can say that I'm wrong, that we're a puritanical people, an evangelical people, a selfish people, but I don't believe that. I don't want to believe that.”
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“When he talked politics, it was with me, or my sister, pointing a steady and patient finger at us, saying, “I don’t care about left or right. It’s all nonsense. All I ask of you is this: Be kind. Be decent. And don’t be greedy.”
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