Jack Powers’ poem “The God of Stupidity” is online at Verse-Virtual.com. It originally appeared in The Southern Review. “Roadside Diner: Fairfield, Maine ” was published in the Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks in February by the University of Arkansas Press. “Lover/Loved,” “Gas Station Pick-up” and “Two Poems Walk into a Bar” appear online at Verse-Virtual and “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time” is online at TheNewVerse.News. “Writing Your Obituary” appears online on The Chaotic Review. “Tying Granny to the chair was wrong, of course,” appears in the Summer/Fall issue of the Naugatuck River Review.
He read his poem “Gateway: Norwalk Nights” at Norwalk’s Lockwood Matthews Mansion as part of the dedication of the sculpture “The Gatevine” (A Gateway to Norwalk). He read on Sunday, October 16 at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.
His poem “The Body” won the 2015 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest and “Bonehead” appeared online in the May issue of Stirring and his poems “In Praise of Heart Attacks” and “In Fear of Heart Attacks” are online in 2River View. His poem “Holy Shitballs!” a finalist for the 2014 Rattle Poetry Contest, was the featured poem April 24 at Rattle.com. “The God of Stupidity” is in the Winter ’15 issue of The Southern Review. He was a featured reader at the Voices of Poetry reading at the Sherman Library on Saturday, March 21 (VOP at Sherman Library).
His poem “Man on the Floor,” was a finalist for the 2013 Rattle Poetry Contest. Powers won the 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest for “Counting” as well as the 2005 CCTE Connecticut Poet of the Year and 2008 NEATE Poet of the Year.
He has published or has work forthcoming in 2River View, Barrow Street, Terminus, The Southern Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Rattle Winter 2014, Rattle Winter 2011 & Winter 2013, Poet Lore, The Cortland Review #42, #49 & #60, Inkwell, The Fiddleback, The New York Times, 14 Magazine, The Ledge, Stirring: A Literary Collection The Dos Passos Review, Theodate, SNReview Autumn 2008 & Winter/Spring 2011, Long River Run, Primal Parenting, The Naugatuck Review, San Pedro River Review, Startle Us Anew, Atlanta Review, Westchester Review, San Diego Poetry Annual, Chronogram and Connecticut River Review. (Click on each magazine in blue to link to the poem(s).
Jack Powers earned a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and MFAs in Fiction and in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College.
He teaches writing, English, special education and math at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT. He is also co-director of Barlow’s Writing Center. Feel free to contact him at JPowers [at] region9ps [dot] org.