Robert Olen Butler

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Birthday
20, 1945
Birthplace
Illinois
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
20, 1945 (age 74)
Birthplace
Illinois

About

An American writer of novels and short fiction, he is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. His novels include Sun Dogs, Wabash, and Mr. Spaceman.

Before Fame

He served in Vietnam as both a translator and a counter-intelligence special agent for the U.S. Army.

Trivia

He taught creative writing at both McNeese State University (Louisiana) and Florida State University.

Family Life

The son of an actor, he studied theater at Northwestern University and dramatic writing at the University of Iowa. He was married four times; he wed his fourth wife, Kelly Lee Daniels, in 2012.

Associated With

He and Jesse Hill Ford were both Guggenheim fellowship recipients.