Nickolas Butler, author of the novel Shotgun Lovesongs (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press, 2014), was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Wisconsin. A former meatpacker, hot-dog vendor, innkeeper, office manager, Burger King maintenance man, and coffee roaster, he earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2012 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His story “Underneath the Bonfire” won First Place in Narrative’s Spring 2011 Story Contest. Butler is married and has a son.