Interviews | March 01, 2003

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Interviewer: You were born in the Midwest and moved to Thailand at age eleven. What effect did that experience have on you as a writer?

Powers: That’s such a huge question. It presumes I could somehow know what kind of writer I would have been had I not gone. But I know it affected my entire life – linguistically, intellectually, emotionally, culturally. I lived in Bangkok from the age of eleven to sixteen, then came back to the States and finished high school in Illinois. But the years I spent overseas are so incredibly formative, the last years of childhood and the first years of young adulthood.


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