Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, Honors English – 2002) and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA, Fiction – 2012). He is the recipient of the 2010 Roark Prize in Poetry, the 2007 Davis Demitasse Poetry Award, and a runner-up in the 2009 Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest. He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in: the Progressive, The Christian Science Monitor, Ploughshares, Narrative, The Kenyon Review Online, Isthmus, Roast, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Magazine, New Verse News, PANK, Volume One, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Sixth Finch, terrain.org, The Lumberyard, and Fresh Cup. His first novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, will be published in March of 2014 by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press. Along the way he has worked as: a telemarketer, a coffee roaster, a meatpacker, an innkeeper (twice), a liquor store clerk, an office manager, a hot dog vendor, and an author escort. He lives on 16 acres of land in rural Wisconsin. His next door neighbors are about 30 buffalo.
Light Travels Faster Downhill is part diary, part jukebox, part almanac, and also a locus for discussions regarding books, poetry, and writing in general.