Gary V. Powell’s stories and flash fiction have been widely-published in both print and online literary magazines and anthologies including most recently the Thomas Wolfe Review, Fiction Southeast, SmokeLong Quarterly, Atticus Review, and Best New Writing 2015. In addition to winning the 2014 Gover Prize for short-short fiction (Eric Hoffer Foundation), his work has placed in several other national contests including The Press 53 Prize (2012), Glimmer Train Short-Short Contest (2013), and the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize (2014). His first novel, Lucky Bastard (Main Street Rag Press, 2012), is available at http://www.authorgaryvpowell.com/debut-novel/.
I write to 'figure it out," to make sense of what I see going on around me.
Hemingway, Joyce, Fitzgerald, Crews, Munro, Carver, Ford, Wolff, Boyle, Bukowski, McCarthy. More recently, Junot Diaz and Dave Eggers. Did I mention Bonnie Jo Campbell and Michael Martone?
Gary, thank you for reading and commenting on Sharp-shinned!
Thank you, Gary, for your generous comments on my piece, Central Washington State On Five Dollars A Day.
Hi Gary (great name btw)--- and thanks for reading my little poem. Cheers--gary
Thank you <3 x
Thank you ~Gary for your kind comment on "Village life brochure" and for taking the time x
Thanks Gary for looking kindly on "Blinding Light."
Hi Gary, Thank you for visiting "The Phone Call and The Green Murk Crisis" and leaving some encouraging words.
Many thanks, Gary, for reading/commenting on "New Mass." Much appreciated!
Thank you Gary for the visit and kind comment on my "One Day the Caveman Played Guitar" - a new sound, like a new color, can have a lasting impression.
Thank you Gary for visiting. "Sleeping on Route 110" and leaving an encouraging comment. It helps.
Thank you for reading about my circus!
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on 500 Words - much appreciated!
Hi Gary, thank you for your comment and * on my story "The True Price of..." - George
Thanks very much for the comment on Insanity. Means a lot.
Very happy about your endorsement of my story, "Morphine". Thanks.
Thanks Gary for casting your vote on my Erin Burnett piece.
Gary - Thanks for taking the time to read "Dysplasia" and for the comments.
Thanks so much for your comment and fave on Night Running, Gary. It means a lot that you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the comment on Pane.
I am honored to be entioned right after Bukowski on your list of favorite authors. ;)
Thanks for reading Sweetie and Jack, Gary. Happy New Year!
Oh, thanks, Gary. I rewrote it this morning. My ears popped when I read yesterdays's version. What? Where's the cadence? What was I thinking? Well, I know—it was a rush to post on the Solstice. Bad Nonnie.
Thank you, Gary, that is kind praise! I've enjoyed reading your stuff around here, I am glad to hear you enjoyed reading Mount Baldy.
Thank you Gary for your comment on my Appaloosa story! It is much appreciated! -Amy
Sometimes I wish I was my cat, too, Gary. Thanks.
Thanks for reading and commenting so kindly on "Mississippi." Glad you liked it.
Thank you, Gary. I'm glad you read about my Irish boys.
Thanks for taking a peep at Laguna Beach Gary!
I appreciate your read and comment on "Another", Gary!
Gary, thank you for reading and commenting on "Samosely."
Thank you, Gary, for your comments and fave on "The Last Thing." Much appreciated.
Thank you, Gary, for the comment on Cornfield. Very much appreciate the close read and suggestion.
Thank you for reading and commenting on my dark little piece, Gary.
Hey Gary, thanks for the comments on Sliding Windows, always appreciated. fos.
Gary, thanks very much for your comment on haircut month! Looking forward to reading your work.
Gary, thanks so much for your comment on OCD Man! I look forward to reading your work
Hi Gary, thanks for reading Crossties, and thanks also for taking the time to leave a comment...i really appreciate that. fos.
Thanks, Gary. You are so fine about commenting on my work. I deeply appreciate it, er...not to sound too mushy. N
Thanks for the comment on "I Liquidate My Assets," Gary. Much appreciated.
Gary, thanks for you comment on "Encore." Strange and troubling works for me!
Thanks for reading and faving "Planet Gated Minds", Gary. I appreciate it!
So glad you enjoyed Milk For Free, Gary. Thanks for letting me know and for your support!
Thanks for your comment on "Out of Uniform"!
Thanks, Gary. Maybe we have a mutual admiration society, eh?
Thanks for the comments on Supernova.
Thank you for the comment and fave on "Practice" Gary. I'm not as confident with prose as I am with poems so your words mean a lot.
Thanks for commenting on "Washing the dishes..." Nice to know you can relate... :)
Thank you for your kind words on "Beware the Armed Man" Gary. Admittedly, I thought of you after I wrote it.
Many thanks for the comments on A New Woman. I appreciate it.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Michelle from Southport, Gary. I think I live for comments sometimes.
Thanks for the kind words on "Carver" Gary. There's something really striking about reading realist fiction around kids/teenagers.
Gary - Thanks for the comments on Becoming an Author. Gems of wisdom from the man who knows. LarryS
Thanks, Gary, for letting me know you liked Instructions. Sometimes it goes well...
Thank you, Gary, for your comments on "Break". Glad I could suspend your disbelief..for a minute anyway.
Thank you, Gary, for your comments on "Letter for K". I'm glad you noticed the rawness of it; it means that I captured the person.
Thank you for reading My Great Uncle Jerry, Gary. This is the form Dylan Thomas used so brilliantly in "Do not go gentle into that good night."
Thank you, Gary, for your kind words on "After Prom". Ironically enough, the year I went to my first prom was also the year I was introduced to the writing style that you (among other 80s writers) helped develop.
Wow, Gary! Shooter is a great piece. Honestly, I didn't want to read it, tired of the shooting diatribe. I'm so glad I gave it a click anyway. I loved the layers, the emotion, the feeling of an old town story and characters very well told. Excellent.
Thanks for reading and commenting on my story "Erased". Much appreciated.
Thank you for reading and commenting on The Most Beautiful Lady, Gary. Yes, she was beautiful.
Thank you for your comments on "Crosswords," Gary!
Gary, thanks so much for your kind words for "Fragile Things." I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Me, lately I think about sentence structure as floral arrangements - big and little flecked together, putrid up close, and maybe fragrant from a cool distance.
thanks for reading and commenting on Looking Upwards.
Thanks, Gary for the comments on Zaire and the irresistible pull of sleaze. Most apt.
Oops...fave not face.
Thank you for your comment and face on "Violence, Interrupted". That piece means a lot to me.
Hi Gary, Thanks for reading In Transit, and thanks for the kind comments. Made my Monday.
Thank you for reading Miss Jewel Eppinette, David. I'm always happy to see you've read and liked something of mine. I'll reciprocate soon.
Thanks for taking at look at The Requiem Bell!
Thanks for faving "Boy on Fire". That story means a lot to me. (And speaking of fiction, I love "Snow Day".)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on The Light at the End of You. Hope you liked. :-)
I know, Gary - another bar poem! But thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Always appreciate it!
Hi Gary. Really appreciate your comment on Winter Blues.
Thank you for the kind words on Spring Uprising
Thanks for the note on MacGowans... I maintain we all had nefarious relatives per force, except Native Americans and African Americans. With those last groups it's probably whereas for Northern Europeans, it's almost certain.
So pleased that you enjoyed "I'm Waiting", Gary. Thanks very much for your kind remark.
Thanks for commenting on Parliament Bridge Gary. I think you'd have liked that pub. Let me know if you're ever in Cork, Ireland and I'll email you the address!
Hi Gary, thank you very much for reading "Listing." I'm happy you enjoyed it.
Thanks for your comment on Chicken Killer.
Thank you for your comments on my story!
Thanks Gary for noticing the effect of the POV on the horror of the story.
Gary, many thanks for reading and liking my "Real Skin" prose poem. A good start to a new week.
Flash is the funnest. I did one a day for a hundred days last year. Now I don't count. I just do. Often many a day, sometimes none, but it averages to at least one a day.
Gary, thank you for your comments on 1964 Dodge 330. I appreciate your reading it.
Thanks for reading and commenting on the short fiction, Swimming Lessons.
- Brian ! :-)
Gary, thank you for your comment on The Ravages of War.
Thank you very much for your response to Black Bombers, Gary.
Gary, thanks for reading and commenting on Winyah Bay. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you for your comment on Nature vs. Machine, Gary. I know I shouldn't have laughed, but that exploding bird was so comical. :D
thanks Gary, for reading and commenting on 4:09.
I'm happy you liked the voice of the narrator in Important Questions as it's the most important part of the story.
Hi Gary, thank you for the comments on Midwinter. I'm an Oregonian; we aren't supposed to miss summer until July 4th!
Thanks for reading and commenting on the story, The Color of Sound.
Belated thanks for your comment on The Fly.
Thanks for your comment on my story Gary!!
Hi Gary, thanks again for the read on Brick Walls - appreciate your input. fos.
Thanks for reading and commenting on First Rain of the New Year, Gary.
Thanks, Gary, for commenting on Aerospace.
Thank so much for the fav on "The Swiss Lunch", Gary. I look forward to reading your work.
Thanks for your comment on Insanity
Thanks for your thoughtful Forgiveness comment.
Gary. "Forty Dials" is a heartbreaker. So credible, so utterly believable. Hard times is a topic hard to write about successfully, but you totally succeeded with this. It touched me. Honestly. Thx.
Gary, thanks for commenting and faving "Testimony." I'm delighted you enjoyed it.
Thanks, Gary. Glad you liked White Cliffs. I've long been fascinated with the personal costs of war.
Good thing you didn't order the shot, though the worm is always turning.
Thanks, Gary, for your kind words on "The Crack". I'm new to flash fiction, and encouragement from people with more experience in the form is more than welcome.
Thanks for your comment on "Three Endings," Gary.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Seventeen.' I greatly appreciate your helpful comment.
Hi Gary! Thanks for reading "Menthol." Happy New Year!
Thanks for reading and commenting on The High Line, NYC, Gary, and thanks for the star.
Hi Gary, thanks for reading Eight States Away, and thanks for taking time to comment, too. fos.
DUO: Thanks for your comment. Experimenting with writing without punctuation has been eye-opening.
BOXWOOD AT NINE: I basically wrote this in my head as is when I was nine.
Thanks for your lovely comment and fave on my piece "Falling".
Gary, Pink Lightbulb scared the crap out of me, too, when he auditioned for the role of the man from WACKO. But so did the other contender, a dead-ringer for Christoph Waltz. It's probly just as well Pink Lightbulb won the toss.
Thanks, Gary for reading and commenting on "Folly Island." I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.
Thanks Gary for your kind words on Pastoral Hide & Seek!
Gary, thanks for faving my poem "Factory Girl in a Blurred Photograph."
Thanks for X!
Gary, I am very grateful for your recent comments on "What Some Boys Do!"
Thank you for your extremely generous comment on The Ring.
Thank you so much for your comment on Gas Chamber.
Thanks, Gary for commenting on "Ceali." I'm glad you liked it.
Hi Gary, just wanted to post a thank you for reading a bar for all occasions. And thanks for the comment, too! fos.
Gary, so glad that you liked Four Hearts and a Vase of Jonquils.
Thanks much, Gary, for the kind words for my little poem, Conjured Love.
Thanks for the encouragement, Gary!
Hi Gary, Sorry I'm so late with this, but thank you for reading Familiar Things, and thanks for the comment, too! fos.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Nine.' I greatly appreciate.
Hi Gary. Thanks so much for your lovely words on Blemish in the Blood - just a snippet in a much bigger project. Much appreciated!
Thanks, Gary for reading "Belt." I wanted to capture violence without bloodshed.
Thank you, Gary!
Glad you enjoyed the melding of the medical with the mundane in Hypochondriasis.
Thanks for your comment on Hair. There are several others I have in mind for a series. I'm a series writer, what can i say?
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Eight.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks, Gary (for reading "The Man of the Blue Ski Jacket"). Simple, direct language works for me. It feels organic during composition. I also enjoy the challenge of creating layers of meaning through minimalism. So much about writing is a challenge, I suppose.
I'm delighted to be one of your favorite authors. ;)
Thanks for your comment on Tribe.
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Six.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Thanks, Gary, for your nice comment on my Neil Young poem.
Thanks for your kind comment on "Lions," Gary.
Thanks for your comment on Princess. I don't know about a how to...
Love that Corporate America. Thanks from the Runner Accountant.
Thanks, Gary for the nice comment on "Muddy Creek." It means a lot.
Hello Gary - thank you for the kind comment on "Roadside Assistance." Made me notice something I've been doing in my writing lately that might be useful to pursue...
Hi, Gary. Thanks for reading 'Assiduity Two,' I greatly appreciate your helpful comment.
I Married a Werewolf is if nothing else a succinct study of the psychology of marriage.
Thank you for your comment on Mother's Day that still makes me laugh.
Hi Gary, sorry for the late thank-you, but I haven't forgotten. Moved to Germany, so I've been a bit busy. Anyway, thanks for the read and comment on Happy Hour - much appreciated. fos.
Re: The Cough. We all know the placebo effect is priceless. Thanks for the comment.
Thank you, Gary! Means much that you enjoyed and commented on "Pool Toys." Best, HM
Boringer thanks you as do I.
Glad you enjoyed From the Neck Up and picked up on the sadness.
Oh wait, I already said thanks. Two thanks should suffice. Thanks! (3)
Hey Gary, just saw your comment from last week on "Apnea." Thanks, I appreciate it!
Gary, I appreciate the comment and the fav on "Honor Grade." I'm glad you liked it.
Hi Gary! Thanks for faving "With a Hint of God." Stepping out from my comfort zone with this so your encouraging words are appreciated.
Thanks so much for your comment on "Apnea," Gary.
Thanks, Gary for the generous words re; Ten Years Out.
Thanks for the nice comment on my poem, Gary.
Hi Gary. Thanks for enjoying Huntingtons. I so appreciate all you lovely fictionaut readers.
Thanks for looking in on "Zack Time," Gary. Your seasoned eye is appreciated!
Gary, thanks for commenting on "Herself, Alone." I pleased you enjoyed it.
Gary, thanks so much for reading "Proud Mary" and offering such kind words.
Nice to meet you, Gary. Thanks for your comment on Salt. I look forward to digging into your work more.
thank you so much Gary! Poignant is okay sometimes to use, but I know exactly what you mean...
Thanks so much, Gary for commenting on "Notebooks." A story in parts which is part of a larger story. Goodness, don't even know how to get it all straight in my head. But I suppose the floor is a better place for assembling pieces. Cheers!
Gary, thank you for your generous comment on Suicide Notes. In my opinion, every good microfiction IS a micronovel.
Thanks Gary for commenting on my "Things I Didn't Do This Year" piece. I tried to write as many true sentences as possible. It's harder than it looks.
Thanks, Gary, for commenting on "Annulling the Future." Glad you liked the poem!
Thank you for your brilliant comment on Spaghetti Woman. I adored and faved Maalox.
Gary -- thanks for your comment about "Good Evening, Ladies and Gentlemen." I'm glad to be on your radar -- you are now on mine! Roz
Thanks, Gary, for stopping by to read 'Used Rainbows.' I'm glad you liked it.
Thanks Gary for commenting "Resolution." I delighted you enjoyed it.
Thanks Gary for reading and commenting on "A Good Man Deserves a Good Woman." Cheers!
Hi Gary, thanks for reading and commenting on my Measures. Means so much. Best, HM
Thank you for reading and commenting on talkers. And not shooting.
Thanks for commenting on "I Can Take Satan." Appreciate it!
Gary--Thanks for commenting on "Somewhere East of There." I'm delighted you liked it.
Thanks, Gary, for your kind words about 'Hints of the Blitz.'
Thanks for commenting on "Under Commiseration," Gary. Glad you like the poem!
Thank you kind sir!
It was my pleasure. I'm still getting the hang of Fictionaut. :-)
Thanks, Gary for the kind words about "One Week At A Very Quiet Camp."
Oh man...you hit the sweet spot, Gary. The idea that someone feels Townes would have appreciated this is a wonderful thing to say. But, more than that, I'm simply grateful that you enjoyed this recent offering. Thank you, sir.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Under Commiseration." Appreciate it very much!
Thank you for taking the time to comment on I Can't Wish You Happy Father's Day.
Truth? Fiction? Faction. Or a compressed memoir micro.
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Keep Chopping" Gary. Glad you enjoyed it. (I see you live at Lake Norman. I'm in Greensboro.)
Thanks for reading "The Tall Man's Secret" and for your comment. Appreciated!
Scatalogical serendipity indeed! Haha! I'll be back to read your work this weekend ~ looking forward to it!
Thanks, Gary. Welcome!
Thanks, Gary, for your kind words about 'Ray's People...'. I'm glad it touched you.
Delighted to have rocked you, baby - and thanks for letting me know that's what happened. Nice. xx
Man, your words about Grocery Shopping was so close to target, it really made it all hum that much louder for me as a writer when I read it. Thanks for that.
Thanks Robert. Still trying to figure this out.