The daughter of a geologist and a journalist, J.L. Powers spent much of her childhood camping and searching for fossils in the American West. She grew up on the U.S.-Mexico Border and, though she now lives in California, still considers El Paso home.
Powers is the author of two novels, The Confessional (Knopf, 2007) and This Thing Called the Future (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), and the editor of Labor Pains and Birth Stories (Catalyst Book Press, 2009) and the forthcoming anthology, That Mad Game: Growing up in a Warzone, Essays from Around the Globe (Cinco Puntos Press, 2012).
Powers is the fiction and non-fiction editor of The Fertile Source. She writes for The Pirate Tree, a blog on social justice and children’s literature. A frequent contributor to New Pages, she is currently at work on other projects. She lives with her family in northern California.