Richard Butner runs the Sycamore Hill Writers' Conference. His chapbook Horses Blow Up Dog City & Other Stories was published by Small Beer Press in 2004. His story "Ash City Stomp" appeared in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (Datlow, Link, and Grant, eds.) and was shortlisted for the Speculative Literature Foundation's Fountain Award. More recently, his story "Holderhaven," originally published in Crimewave 11: Ghosts, was a nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award. Other short fiction includes appearances in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Electric Velocipede, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, SciFiction, Crossroads (Cox and Duncan, eds.), and When the Music's Over (Shiner, ed.).

His nonfiction, on topics ranging from computers to cocktails to architecture, has appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers. He performs with Bare Theatre, the Nickel Shakespeare Girls, and Urban Garden Performing Arts. He is currently writing and collaborating on a performance piece for Urban Garden, entitled "The Other White Man." He lives in North Carolina.