Arthur Powers

Full name

Arthur Powers

Presence at Shimer



Shimer College 1967


Harvard University 1975


University of New Hampshire 2010


Mount Carroll period alum

Arthur Powers was a student at Shimer College during the Mount Carroll period, graduating in 1967. He traveled to Brazil with the Peace Corps in 1969 and has spent most of his life since then in that country. From 1985-1992, he and his wife worked with the Franciscan Friars in the Amazon, organizing subsistence farmers and rural workers' unions in a region of violent land conflicts. He subsequently directed Catholic Relief Services in Brazil, a USAID project for at-risk youth, and served as General Counsel in Brazil for Raytheon from 1997 to 2006, during the installation of the Brazilian Government's air traffic control and monitoring system for the Amazon (SIVAM). From 2006 to 2016 he served as the vice president of Raytheon JPS in Raleigh, NC. Currently he is Vice President & General Counsel (and co-owner) of JPS interoperability Solutions, a manufacturer of high tech communications hardware and software.

Powers graduated from Harvard Law School (1975) and received a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Policy (sustainable rural development) from University of New Hampshire (2010).  He is a trained community organizer and mediator. 

Powers has published poetry and fiction in numerous magazines and anthologies. He received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual awards for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, 2nd Place in the 2008 Tom Howard Fiction Contest, four nominations for a Pushcart Prize, the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize, the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award for adult fiction, and many other writing honors. He is author of a collection of short stories set in Brazil, A Hero For The People (Press 53, 2013) [1], of a novella, The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press, 2013), and of a collection of poetry, Edgewater (Finishing Line Press, 2015). He is editor emirtus of, and judge of the 2014-2016 Tom Howard Short Story & Essay Contests and of the 2015 JF Powers Short Story Contest.  He serves on the boards of The Raleigh Review, St. Joseph's (Charitable) Clinic, The Catholic Writers Guild, and Share The Blessings (an NGO sponsoring education & water projects in Uganda), and he serves on the education committee of the Justice Theater Project and on the Pastoral Council of St. Raphael Church in Raleigh NC. He is a candidate for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Raleigh.

He is married to Brenda King-Powers.  They have two daughters, Ana Cristina (married to John Jensen) and Angelica, and one grand-daughter, Caroline Flores Powers. 




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