South Words: Van Jensen & Nate Powell

Nate Powell and Van Jensen Nate Powell and Van Jensen

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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2019 | RON ROBINSON THEATER [100 River Market Ave., Little Rock]

6:30 PM—The Oxford American is excited to continue its 2019-2020 South Words readers series with Van Jensen and Nate Powell, author and illustrator of Two Dead. Moderating the discussion is OA senior editor and author of Carry the Rock, Jay Jennings. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and there will be a book signing after the reading. Books will be for sale onsite.

This special event is free to attend, and you can reserve your tickets here

Our Presenting Sponsor for South Words is the UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, and the reading series is presented in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System’s Six Bridges Book Festival. Additional season partners include the Clinton School of Public Service, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, and Villa Vue at SoMa.


Van Jensen writes comic books and for film and TV. He started his writing career as a newspaper crime reporter and magazine editor, then broke into comics as the writer of the award-winning Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer trilogy of graphic novels. He has written titles including The Flash, Green Lantern Corps and James Bond. In 2016, he was named a U.S. State Department Comic Book Ambassador. As a filmmaker, Jensen has directed short films and music videos and has written for TV. A native of western Nebraska, Jensen now lives in Atlanta.

Nate Powell is an illustrator who worked on the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel trilogy March, for which he became the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. His work also includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero and he has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, and the Walter Dean Myers Award. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

jayjenningsJay Jennings is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Lowbrow Reader, Garden & Gun, Travel & Leisure, and Oxford American, where he is a senior editor. He is the author of Carry the Rock: Race, Football and the Soul of an American City and the editor of Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany.