W. E. Butts
W. E. Butts is the author of four previous books of poetry, including Radio Time (Cherry Grove Collections), named poetry winner at the 2011 New England Book Festival, and Sunday Evening at the Stardust Café, which was chosen as a finalist for the 2005 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry from the University of California/Fresno and selected winner of the 2006 Iowa Source Poetry Book Prize, and he has published several chapbooks. His poems appeared frequently in such journals as Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, and Poetry East, and were reprinted in many anthologies, including An Endless Skyway: Poetry from the State Poets Laureate (Ice Cube Press, 2011). The recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations and a Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation Award, he was the 2009–2013 New Hampshire Poet Laureate, and taught in the low-residency BFA in Creative Writing Program at Goddard College. He lived in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife, the poet S Stephanie. He died on Easter day in 2013.