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Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and lived most his adult life there. From 1985 to 1992 he and his wife (with their two daughters) served with the Franciscan Friars in the eastern Amazon, doing pastoral work and organizing subsistence farmers and rural workers' unions in a region of violent land conflicts. Later they directed relief & development projects in the drought-ridden Brazilian Northeast. Currently they live in Raleigh, NC.
Mr. Powers received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation & many other writing awards. His collection of short stories set in Brazil, A Hero For The People, is forthcoming from Press 53. His short novel, The Book of Jotham, winner of the 2012
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The Book of Jotham

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A Hero for the People by Arthur Powers
"The joy of this book was not just becoming familiar with the genuine issues of a distant country, understanding how the problems of greed and limited resources developed over the last 70 years or so, and finding yourself with a better understandin..." Read more of this review »
The Book of Jotham by Arthur Powers
"I loved this book. I don't know the exact word count, but it's either a short novel or a novella. The concept was wonderfully executed, and though we watch the world through Jotham's eyes, we see the motivation and development of compelling Gospel..." Read more of this review »
" It really is a wonderful poem, Ellen. I'm in the middle of judging a national short story contest, and it seems to me that writers don't sufficiently ...more "
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The Book of Jotham by Arthur Powers
"William Faulkner's best-known novel, The Sound and the Fury, the book that propelled him to the '49 Nobel Prize, purports to be "a tale told by an idiot." A mentally-challenged character, "Benjy," narrates the book's first section. Whatever term w..." Read more of this review »
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“Back country people. This is the way cars come, as though the kid knew anything about cars. Zé Dias shifted into first and turned onto the track. There were a couple of small bumps and the pick-up lilted along, its headlights shining directly into the tall palm grass growing between the ruts as high as the hood. The track began to curve to the right, but it was smooth, and the pick-up made a soft swishing sound as it pushed down the grass in front of it—a boat sailing through a grass sea. Sailing quickly—at this rate they’d get there and back in good time.”
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