Mark Powell

Associate Professor of English

Mark Powell, an author, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research and the Vaclav Havel fellowship in playwriting to the Prague Seminar. He has served as a craft class instructor at Breadloaf and on the faculty of the Appalachian Writers' Conference. For the past three years, he has taught a fiction workshop at Lawtey Correctional Institute, a Level II prison in Raiford, Fla. 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. He 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.


  • M.A.R., religion and literature, Yale Divinity School
  • M.F.A., creative writing, University of South Carolina
  • B.A., English, The Citadel

Course Topics

  • Fiction workshops, introductory and advanced


  • The Dark Corner (2012)
  • The House of the Lord (2012)
  • Blood Kin (2006, received the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel)
  • Prodigals (2002, nominated for the VCU First Novel Award)

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