A Baker-Nord Center Cosponsored Event
Author Kevin Powers will read from and discuss The Yellow Birds, winner of the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction. The Yellow Birds focuses on the last weeks of friendship between 18-year-old Private Daniel Murphy and 21-year-old Private John Bartle, who makes a rash promise to Mrs. Murphy to bring her son home safely from Iraq. Powers enlisted at the age of 17 and served as a machine gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
About the speaker
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.
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards