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 饜 R L 饜  powell

· R L · powell (he :: they) is a writer of poetry, prose, and whatever happens in-between. Over the past two decades, his work has appeared online and in print—and he is presently at work on a poetry manuscript, Any Cure as Flat as Salt. Much of their current writing explores their experience with neurodivergence, queerness, and long-term disability—but his interests and subject matter have always gravitated toward the surreal, the offbeat, and what is undeniably peculiar. While his love of language has always been at the heart of his inspiration to write, they consider speculative fiction to be a major influence on their work—along with the genre of memoir, something that follows from their lifelong history as fitful, and somewhat mercurial, traveler; eclectic scholar; & storyteller.

· R L · specialized in English literature the University of Toronto, with a minor in an off-centre discipline christened Paradigms & Archetypes—an odd conglomeration of semiotics, 20th century critical theory, science studies, and Jungian psychology. They were awarded their BA (Hons) with High Distinction. He earned his MA in English Language & Literatures from Queen’s University, Kingston.

They later returned to the UofT to pursue doctoral studies in American modernism, and the philosophy of science & literature. Though they achieved their candidacy without reservation, following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic it became apparent how their priorities had changed and their creative interests were pulling away from academic scholarship. During his time in the doctoral program, · R L · taught American literature, rhetoric, and critical theory at the undergraduate level—an experience he considers one of the most rewarding of his career—and teaching continues to inform his professional goals. He left the Phd program in English, ABD—and is now in residence at the Bennington Writing Seminars, Vermont—completing an MFA in Writing and Literature.

· R L · is happy to answer any questions you may have about their work or upcoming projects—and he would like to remind you that you’re doing a magnificent job of being yourself.



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