Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and lived most his adult life there. From 1985 to 1992, he and his wife worked with the Franciscans in the eastern Amazon, organizing subsistence farmers in a region of violent land conflicts. They later directed relief & development programs in the drought-ridden Brazilian Northeast. He received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, 2nd place in the 2008 Tom Howard Fiction Contest, the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize, and numerous other awards. He is the author of A Hero For The People (Press 53, 2013) a collection of short stories set in Brazil and of The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press, 2013). Arthur Powers currently lives in North Carolina.