Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and lived there most his adult life. From 1985 to 1992, he and his wife served with the Franciscans in the Brazilian Amazon, organizing subsistence farmers in a region of violent land conflicts. They subsequently directed relief & development programs in the drought-ridden Brazilian Northeast. Currently they live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Arthur received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual awards for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize, the 2014 Catholic Arts & Letters Award, & numerous other writing honors. He served (2014-2016) as Judge for Winning Writers' Tom Howard short story contest, is on the board of The Raleigh Review, and is an advisor to Dappled Things.
A Hero for the People
A collection of short stories set in Brazil, where the author lived for 30+ years. Winner of 2014 Catholic Arts & Letters Award. "The 16 previously published short stories in this first-rate collection illuminate the face of poverty in present-day Brazil" - Kirkus Reviews
Awards and Recognition
- Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship in Fiction, 3 annual awards for short fiction from Catholic Press Association, 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize, 2014 Catholic Arts & Letters Award, 6 Pushcart nominations, numerous other awards