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Nate Powell

Biography

Nate Powell

Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes the critically acclaimed ANY EMPIRE, SWALLOW ME WHOLE (winner of the Eisner Award and Ignatz Award, finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS, THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS and SOUNDS OF YOUR NAME.

Powell appeared at the United Nations in 2011, discussing his contribution to the fundraising fiction anthology WHAT YOU WISH FOR: A Book For Darfur alongside some of the world’s foremost writers of young adult fiction.

He's currently working as the artist on two high-profile projects: MARCH, the three-part graphic novel memoir of Congressman John Lewis, and the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s #1 international bestseller HEROES OF OLYMPUS: THE LOST HERO. MARCH, Book One was a 2014 ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.

In addition, he is writing and drawing his own forthcoming graphic novel COVER and assembling the short story collection YOU DON'T SAY.

From 1999 to 2009, Nate worked full-time supporting adults with developmental disabilities. He managed DIY punk record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and has performed in the bands Universe, Divorce Chord, Soophie Nun Squad, Wait and Boomfancy. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Nate Powell

Books by Nate Powell

written by Mark Long and Nate Powell, illustrated by Jim Demonakos - Graphic Novel

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman. THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story.

written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell - Graphic Novel, History, Nonfiction

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and bestselling March trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

by Nate Powell - Autobiography, Comic Books, Essays, Graphic Novel

A celebrity glares. A community burns. A child's heart breaks. A recipe summons a ghost. A dying woman makes her peace. An art form sustains the spirit.

Autobiography, fiction, essay comics, collaborations, and more fill these thoughtful, pitch-black pages, comprising rare and previously unreleased material from 2004-2013.

written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell - Graphic Novel, History, Nonfiction

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence --- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.

illustrated by Nate Powell written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin - Graphic Novel, Nonfiction

Opening on the morning of President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, MARCH is a vivid first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis's personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell - Fiction, Graphic Novel

Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food...and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone's love and friendship to the test.