The poet, novelist and former soldier in Iraq, Kevin Powers wins Hemingway Prize in Literature

Posted on May 12, 2023 – 02:04 am

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Mexico City,March 14 (HOWEVER.) - Between 2004 and 2005,the American soldier Kevin Powers was his country's army in the Iraq War.In 2006 he began to have the urge to write about their experience and that's how the story was born John Bartle,a combatant of 21 years,born in rural Virginia.

The book is titled The yellow birds and was published in Spanish by Editorial Sixth Floor."This is a product of the imagination could not have happened if I had not fought in Iraq, " Powers accepted the literary program of TVE,Page 2,hosted by Oscar Lopez.

"I've been writing poems and stories since I was 13 and for this book,I started writing poems about war,until I realized I needed a larger canvas to say what he meant,also trying to answer some of the questions that people made me about my war experience,"he says.

"The actual events that take place in the novel are not events I've experienced,but I identified strongly with the emotional core of the book.That inner life of the narrator's emotions corresponds to intimate,"he adds.


Indeed,Kevin Powers,a native of Richmond,Virginia,is news these days because yellow birds has won the prestigious Hemingway Foundation / PEN,his "debut" known in English by the publisher Little Brown.

Patrick Hemingway,son of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway,the writer will present the award on Sunday,March 24,in a ceremony held at the Presidential Library and Museum Jonh F. Kennedy,Boston.

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The Hemingway Foundation Award,founded by his wife Mary in 1976,is endowed with $ 10, 000 and a residence for writers in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Idaho.

Other Laureates Hemingway Foundation / PEN have been Edward P.Jones,Marilynne Robinson,Ha Jin and JhumpaLahiri.

Powers served the U.S. Army in Mosul and Tal Afar,Iraq,working with pumps clearance equipment and machine-gun control.

After passing through Iraq,he studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University.In 2012,he received an MFA in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas.

His novel,considered one of the most important works of fiction in 2012,examines the link between two soldiers and trauma suffered during the battle.


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