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Stephanie Powell Watts


Stephanie Powell Watts

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Reading Friday, 21 September with Johanna Skibsrud @ 7.15pm
Triskel Christchurch, Tobin Street, Cork

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Stephanie Powell Watts is an associate professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Her debut short story collection We Are Taking Only What We Need was published earlier this year by BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has been a 2012 PEN / Hemingway finalist, a Chautauqua award finalist, a finalist for the John Gardner Ficiton Book Award, a ForeWord Reviews finalist and a USA BookNews finalist. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including the 2008 Pushcart Prize anthology and the 2007 and 2009 editions of the New Stories from the South.

“In a strong debut Watts chronicles in ten stories the lives of black North Carolinians who come from or lived near ‘dark houses on tangled dirt roads on the fringes of the county.’ The kind of love found in the Carolina Hills – and in these stories – demands tribute.” – Publishers Weekly



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Interview with Powell Watts by Karen Johnson

Powell Watts on the writing process

Praise for We Are Taking Only What We Need




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