VCU graduate and English major Kevin Powers is receiving high acclaim for his debut novel about the Iraq war, The Yellow Birds. Bookseller.com published the notice and we’ve been informed by Kevin that the publisher will bring out editions of Birds in 13 countries besides the US. As you recall, Kevin was one of our undergraduates, with a BA in English in 2008. Several of you know Kevin from classes with him. He is now a Michener Poetry Fellowship in the University of Texas-Austin’s MFA program. Entering his final semester, Kevin will graduate in May with an MFA in poetry.