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Oct 14
Zoom Event / Virtual Event

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Fiction Author Mark Powell

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All Fall 2021 Zell Visiting Writers Series events will be offered live in a Zoom webinar format. Pending public health considerations and guidance from the university, readings and Q&As may also take place in person (with limited capacity) at the University of Michigan Museum of Art's Stern Auditorium. Details will be announced closer to the event date. Please contact with any questions or accommodation needs.

Powell is the author of seven novels, including Small Treasons (Gallery/Simon & Schuster 2017), and Lioness, forthcoming in 2022. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and twice from the Fulbright Foundation to Slovakia and Romania. He has written about southern music and culture for The Oxford American, the war in Ukraine for The Daily Beast, and his dog for Garden & Gun. In 2009, he received the Chaffin Award for Contributions to Appalachian Literature. At present, he is under contract for a graphic novel about Russian malign influence in the US election, and working on a novel about the prison system in Florida.

Powell has degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He taught at Stetson University in Florida for eight years, where he directed and co-founded their Low-Residency MFA and ran a prison writing program at Lawtey Correctional Institute. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Appalachian State University. He lives in the mountains of western North Carolina with his wife, children, and dog.