Meet Jack Butler

Jack Butler

Jack Butler was born in Alligator, Mississippi and is the son of a Southern Baptist preacher. He was himself an ordained minister but has not worked in that capacity since he was a very young man.

He is a poet, novelist and essayist. His novel Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, Atlantic, and New York Times Book Review. Other novels include Jujitsu For Christ and Nightshade (a vampire-on-Mars tale) and Dreamer. Hawk Gumbo and Other Stories is his first story collection. His poetry books are The Kid Who Wanted to be a Spaceman, Broken Hallelujah: New and Selected Poems, and West of Hollywood, and he’s published a cookbook called Jack’s Skillet. He now lives in Eureka, California.

Published by Mud Flat Press:
Practicing Zen Without a License
Christmas on a Distant Planet

“It has been my lot to be seen as a rebel by the people who raised me and as a reactionary by the more radical strangers I’ve encountered.” – Jack Butler, from Practicing Zen Without a License

Jack Butler’s author page on

Interview with Jack Butler by Mud Flat Press

Jack’s blog: author Jack Butler – poetry, fiction, and essays by Jack Butler

New Jack Butler Interview! Science Fiction, the South, Sex — and a new novel? by Professor Fury in Pretty Fakes

An Interview with Jack Butler by Brannon Costello in Mississippi Quarterly

A Conversation with Jack Butler (Bat Segundo Special) by Edward Champion – a one hour radio special

Jack Butler (author) – on Wikipedia