Walter E. Butts (1944-2013) was a professor and prolific poet. He was the author of four books of poetry: Movies in a Small Town (1997), Sunday Evenings at the Stardust Cafe (2006), Radio Time (2011), and Cathedral of Nervous Horses (2012), as well as several chapbooks. Butts was awarded the 2006 Iowa Source Poetry Book Prize and was also nominated for a Philip Levine Prize in Poetry and for a Pushcart Prize. In March 2009, he was named New Hampshire Poet Laureate, a position he held until his death in March 2013. Butts taught English as Hesser College and Goddard College, and taught Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. In 2002, he received a mention in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Photo courtesy of S Stephanie.

Description of Collection

The Walter Butts Papers consist of approximately 21 clamshell boxes of archival material dating from 1974 to 2013. The papers include manuscripts and drafts, correspondence, interviews, publishing materials, Poet Laureate materials, personal materials, and materials related to his education and teaching. A full finding guide to the Walter Butts Papers is also available


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