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Jack Butler

Jack Butler is the son of a Southern Baptist preacher and 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). Hawk Gumbo and Other Stories is his first story collection. His poetry books are The Kid Who Wanted to be a Spaceman 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

“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

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

Books by Jack Butler


Novels

  • Christmas on a Distant Planet (Mud Flat Press, 2021)
  • Practicing Zen Without a License (Mud Flat Press, 2011)
  • Dreamer (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998; Kadokawa Shoten, Japan, 2001)
  • Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock (Alfred A. Knopf, 1993; Little, Brown, U. K., 1993; Penguin, 1994; Little, Brown, U.K., 1995)
  • Nightshade (Atlantic Month Press, 1989; Grafton Books, U. K., 1991)
  • Jujitsu for Christ (August House, 1986; Penguin, 1987)

Poetry

  • Broken Hallelujah: New and Selected Poems (Texas Review Press, 2013)
  • The Kid Who Wanted to Be a Spaceman (August House, 1984)
  • West of Hollywood: Poems from a Hermitage (August House, 1981)

Short Stories

  • Hawk Gumbo and Other Stories (August House, 1982)

Nonfiction

  • Jack’s Skillet: Plain Talk and Some Recipes From a Guy in the Kitchen (Algonquin, 1997)
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