Cold Mountain Review is pleased to announce that Mark Powell has accepted the position of editor. Powell holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. Before coming to ASU in 2016, he was an Associate Professor at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he was the Heman Fellow as well as the director and co-founder of the Low-Residency MFA Program.
Powell has been called the "best Appalachian novelist of his generation" by Ron Rash, and a writer "on the verge of greatness" by Pat Conroy. He is the author of five novels, including his most recent, Small Treasons, from Simon & Schuster. In addition to his editing activities at CMR, he will continue to teach fiction and screenwriting classes at ASU. His first issue of Cold Mountain Review, ASU’s 46-year-old journal with an on-line platform added in 2015, will appear in fall 2018.
Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature.
Outgoing editor, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, says of Powell: “I’m delighted by the talent, energy, and new ideas Mark will bring to Cold Mountain Review. Students and interns who work with him will have the opportunity to gain professional skills in literary editing, and they will experience the pleasures of supporting and celebrating environmentally-aware writing and visual art. With Mark’s guidance, I know that Cold Mountain Review will continue to thrive.”