Professor Emeritus

Richard S. Powers

CAS Professor Emeritus of English

Richard Powers, CAS and Swanlund Professor of English, is the author of eleven novels that employ multiple narrative frames to explore connections among disciplines as disparate as photography, artificial intelligence, musical composition, genomics, game theory, virtual reality, race, and American business. His fiction and speculative essays have appeared in The New YorkerHarper’sEsquireGrand StreetThe New York Times Op- Ed PageConjunctionsGrantaThe GuardianCommon KnowledgeWiredTin HouseZoetropeParis ReviewThe BelieverBest American Short Stories and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

His books have won numerous recognitions, including The Rosenthal and Vursell Awards; the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians; the Corrington Award; a PEN/Hemingway Special Citation; the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature; two Pushcart Prizes; and TIME Magazine’s Book of the Year. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award. He won the W.H. Smith Literary Award (UK) for best novel of 2003, and the Ambassador Book Award from the English Speaking Union, 2004. His novel The Echo Maker was given the 2006 National Book Award. In 2014, he was among the first Americans long-listed for the Man-Booker Prize. His twelfth novel, The Overstory, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

His work has been translated into sixteen languages. In 2010, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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