Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and spent most of his adult life there. From 1985 to 1992, he and his wife, Brenda, served with the Franciscans/Maryknoll as lay missioners in the Brazilian Amazon, organizing subsistence farmers in a region of violent land conflicts. They later directed relief & development projects in the drought ridden Brazilian Northeast. Currently they live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Arthur is a candidate for the permanent diaconate (ordination scheduled for June, 2020). Arthur and Brenda have two daughters and one granddaughter, all living nearby in Raleigh.
Arthur received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize, the 2014 Catholic Arts & Letters Award, and numerous other writing honors. He authored The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press, 2013 & Full Quiver Publishing, 2020), two volumes of short stories set in Brazil – A Hero for the People (Press 53, 2013) and Padre Raimundo’s Army (Wiseblood Books, 2020), and two volumes of poetry – Edgewater and Sketches/Rio de Janeiro (both Finishing Line Press, 2015 and 2019 respectively). Arthur served (2014-2016) as judge for Winning Writers’ Tom Howard short story contest; he is an advisor to Dappled Things and Wiseblood Books, and serves on the board of The Raleigh Review. This poetry & fiction have appeared in America, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Dappled Things, Hiram Poetry Review, Liguorian, Roanoke Review, Saint Anthony Messenger, Saint Katherine Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sou’wester. Windhover, & many other magazines & anthologies. www.ArthurPowers.com
The second edition of The Book of Jotham will be released this June.