Russell Steven Powell’s writing and artwork reflect a long-standing interest in issues of landscape and social justice, and a passion for the physical senses and the natural world.
His newest books, Living Without Lawn: Rethinking the Front Yard, and Feeling the Heat: Temperature and Time Sensitive, were released by Brook Hollow Press in September 2016.
His writing credits include two books about apples, Apples of New England (2014) and America’s Apple (2012); and My Interview With James Baldwin (2016).
Powell was publisher and editor of New England Watershed Magazine, named Best New Publication of 2006 by Utne Reader. Read more about New England Watershed, a journal of art, culture, and ideas.
His essays about apples and orchard photography can be viewed at newenglandapples.org/blog.
Powell’s video production credits include Shack Time, a documentary about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Chosen for the 2001 New England Film and Video Festival, Shack Time was aired regionally by WGBH-TV in Boston.
Powell’s oil paintings, prints, and sculpture have been featured in solo exhibitions iand group exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia. His awards include a 2013 recipient of a fellowship from Outer Cape Artist Residency Consortium (OCARC). More of his artwork can be viewed on the Paintings page.
He lives in western Massachusetts.