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Kevin Powers


USA flag (b.1980)

Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, VA. In 2004 and 2005 he served with the U.S. Army in Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq. He studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University after his honorable discharge and received an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : The Yellow Birds


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