Creative Writing
Department Chair:
Dan Chaon

Administrative Assistant:
Suzanne Overstreet

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-6567
Fax: (440) 775-6677

153 W. Lorain Street

Oberlin, OH, 44074

Lynn Powell

Lynn Powell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Carson-Newman College, 1977
  • Master of Fine Arts, Cornell University, 1980

Lynn Powell is the author of two books of poetry, Old & New Testaments and The Zones of
Paradise, and a book of nonfiction, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s
Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response. Old & New Testaments won The Brittingham Prize
in Poetry and The New Writers Award of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Framing
Innocence received the Studs and Ida Terkel Author Award from The New Press.
Powell has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (for
her poetry) and from the Ohio Arts Council (three for her poetry and one for her prose). Her
poems have been published in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, The Georgia
Review, Poetry, FIELD, and Shenandoah, and in anthologies, including 180 More: Extraordinary
Poems for Everyday and the most recent edition of The Norton Introduction to Literature.
Powell worked as a Writer-in-the-Schools for over 20 years—in grades K-12, in urban, suburban,
and rural schools—for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge
Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council. Drawing on that expertise, Powell created Oberlin’s
Teaching Imaginative Writing workshop, CRWR 450, a community-based learning course in
which Oberlin students work collaboratively with her in poetry residencies in the Oberlin public

Framing Innocence

Framing Innocence

Old & New Testaments

The Zones of Paradise