Nancy Powell’s work has appeared in Kalliope, Black Water Review, BlueLine, Virginia Adversaria, The Beacon, Skipping Stones, and most recently the December 2007 issue of SweetBay Review. Her first poetry collection, How Far Is Ordinary, was published by MindWorm Press in March 2007 and is available from www.amazon.com. She is the current VP for the Eastern Region of the Poetry Society of Virginia, a member of The National Association of American Pen Women, and was on the advisory council for The Christopher Newport University Writers’ Conference for ten years. She hosted a poetry program for Barnes & Noble in Newport News for three years, bringing poets into the area to read and share their work.
Ms Powell was the poetry editor for Virginia Adversaria for three years, and is currently an assistant editor for Skipping Stones, a yearly poetry anthology for the Tidewater area in Virginia, and the proof reader for the journal, Poetica, Reflections of Jewish Thought, which is published out of Virginia Beach.
She has done poetry workshops and presentations at a number of local libraries in the Hampton/Newport News/Williamsburg area, as well as at the Newport News Barnes & Noble bookstore. She has been a judge for a number of poetry contests; most recently as the poetry judge for the Poetry Society of Virginia’s 2007 Virginia Students Prize, Grades 9-12.
Before moving to the Virginia Tidewater area in 1994 from upstate New York, she worked with the writer, Jean Rikoff, from Glens Falls Community College on their Expressions Magazine. During her studies at Glens Falls Community College, she garnered awards for both her poetry and short stories. While attending Skidmore College’s University without Walls, where she majored in 16/17th century English History, she attended Oxford University, (St. Ann’s College) in England with the ISISE Summer Program.
She has lived in England and Australia and has traveled throughout Europe, parts of Asia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. When not at her day job as Executive Assistant to the President of a manufacturing company, she can be found at home by the Hampton River and at Iris Art Shop in Poquoson, Virginia each month, hosting the “Last Saturday’s” poetry series.