Marcia Butler’s life has been driven by creativity. She was a professional oboist for twenty-five years, until her retirement from music in 2008. During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras – including pianist Andre Watts, composer and pianist Keith Jarrett and soprano Dawn Upshaw. She was hailed by the New York Times as “a first rate artist”.
In 2002 Marcia changed careers and began her interior design firm, Marcia Butler Interior Design. She has served well over 100 clients. Her design work has been published in shelter magazines, and she is frequently quoted for advice on cutting edge trends in the design industry.
Now as an author, her memoir The Skin Above My Knee, published by Little, Brown and Company, was released in February 2017 to national rave reviews. The Skin Above My Knee was one of the Washington Post’s “top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017”. She was chosen as a 2017 notable debut author in 35 OVER 35. Essays have appeared in LitHub, Psychology Today Magazine, PANK Magazine, Aspen Ideas Magazine, Catapult, BioStories and others. Her first piece of flash fiction appears in an anthology, One Hundred Voices, from Centum Press. Marcia was a Writer in Residence for Aspen Words in 2015 under the auspices of the Catto Shaw Foundation. Marcia’s debut novel, The Optimistic Voices, will be released in April 2019 from Central Avenue Publishing. She lives in New York City and is at work her next novel.