Northeast Alabama Community College is proud to announce that Mark Powell is the guest author for the college’s annual Arts and Humanities Speaker’s Forum. The forum will be held in the college’s Tom Bevill Lyceum on Thursday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m., with a book signing to follow immediately after. At 5:30 p.m., Powell will speak again in the college’s library. At both events, the English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, will sell copies of Powell’s books.
Powell was born in Mountain Rest, South Carolina, in 1976, and was educated at The Citadel, The University of South Carolina, and Yale Divinity School. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and the Vaclav Havel fellowship in playwriting to the Prague Seminar. He has participated in the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University, and served as a fiction workshop instructor at the Hindman Settlement School’s Appalachian Writers' Conference.
Powell’s novels include Prodigals (2002), Blood Kin (2006), The Dark Corner (2012), The Sheltering (2014), and his most recent novel set to release early May 2017 is entitled Echolocation. He has received such awards as the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel and the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in a number of journals, including Still, Ellipsis, Rivendell, The New Delta Review, Appalachian Heritage, American Polymath, The South Carolina Review, and Yemassee. In 2010, he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature and was the featured artist in the Winter 2012 issue of Appalachian Heritage, in which two excerpts from The Dark Corner, as well as a critical appraisal of his previous work, appears.
Powell was an associate professor of English at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he was the Heman Fellow as well as the director and co-founder of the Low-Residency MFA Program. While in Florida, he also taught a fiction workshop at Lawtey Correctional Institute, a level II prison in Raiford, Florida. He presently serves as an assistant professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
This event is offered for the community as well as the students, faculty, and staff at Northeast and is co-sponsored by the college’s English and Fine Arts Division and Sigma Kappa Delta. For more information regarding events sponsored by the English and Fine Arts Division, contact Joan Reeves, Chair, at 256-638-4418, ext. 2331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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