Simon & Schuster announces the publication of “Small Treasons,” the fifth novel by Mark Powell, assistant professor of creative writing and contemporary fiction in Appalachian's Department of English. “Small Treasons” tells the story of an American marriage on the verge of rupture, spinning an all-too-current tale of the world we live in and the world we fear—and how we may not be able to tell the two apart.
"Small Treasons is a beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel this is."
Ron Rash, author of Serena and Above the Waterfall
Mark Powell joined Appalachian's Department of English in 2016. He earned an MFA from the University of South Carolina and an MAR from Yale Divinity School. He is the author of four novels: “Prodigals,” “Blood Kin” (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel), “The Dark Corner” and “The Sheltering” (bronze medalist for the both the Independent Publishers Award and the Florida Book Awards, with an introduction by Pat Conroy). He has received fellowships from the Breadloaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia. Prior to Appalachian, 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.
About the Department of English
The Department of English at Appalachian State University is committed to outstanding work in the classroom, the support and mentorship of students, and a dynamic engagement with culture, history, language, theory and literature. The department offers master’s degrees in English and rhetoric and composition, as well as undergraduate degrees in literary studies, film studies, creative writing, professional writing and English education. Learn more at https://english.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.