Mark Powell is author of five novels, most recently Small Treasons from Gallery/Simon and Schuster. He directs the creative writing program at Appalachian State University.
This is the second time I’ve heard him play in the past few months and it’s always the same: nobody knows who Malcolm Holcombe is, except those who do. And those who know really know. You listen to him and you become evangelical about his music, this scarecrow of a man folded over his Martin guitar.