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Word of South 2021

Padgett Powell

Padgett Powell is the author of six novels, including Edisto, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and two collections of stories. His writing has appeared in the New YorkerHarper’s, and the Paris Review, as well as in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Sports Writing. He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Padgett lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he teaches at MFA@FLA, the writing program of the University of Florida.