“How to Speak a Book,” by Richard Powers, New York Times, January 7, 2007.

“A Brief Take on Genetic Screening.” in Read Hard: Five Years of Great Writing From Believer. San Francisco: McSweeney’s, 2009. (ISBN: 978-1934781395) Cover. Powers’s essay from the March 2006 Believer is included in this anthology along with work by Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem on Nathanael West, William T. Vollmann on W. G. Sebald, Ben, Read More

To celebrate both Powers’ literary accomplishments and his contributions to the University of Illinois, the Provost’s Office commissioned production of five short video works, each of which interprets a passage from one of Richard Powers’ five novels.  The videos are a collaborative endeavor between Powers and a group of artists and designers from the, Read More

“The Seventh Event.” Story in Granta 90: Country Life (Summer, 2005) p. 57.  Reprinted in The Norton Anthology of American Literature Volume E: 1945 to the Present, by Nina Baym, Jerome Klinkowitz, Arnold Krupat and Patricia B. Wallace (2007).

“Cranes.” Excerpt from novel in progress, in Black Clock number 3 (Spring, 2005). p 1.

“Improvisations.” PEN America, Volume 3, Issue 5 (2004): 15 (2 pages). Excerpt from Galatea 2.2.

“Literary Devices” is a short story that appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, 6.4 (Winter 2002):8-15. A piece on “self-telling” fiction in the digital age.  Reprinted in Lightman, Alan, et. al. (editor) Living With The Genie, Island Press (2003): 5-21.  Reprinted in Henderson, Bill, (editor), 2004 Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses (2003): 326-341. Reprinted, Read More

“Being and Seeming: The Technology of Representation” was originally published in Context: a forum for literary arts and culture (number 3), 2000, and now appears in The Alliance for Wild Ethics website. 

[excerpt from Plowing the Dark] Conjunctions. 33 (Fall 1999).  This millennial issue “celebrates the word in the world as we cross over into another century.”

“Best Idea; Eyes Wide  Open,” New York Times, (April 18, 1999): 80-83. An assessment of the greatest ideas and accomplishments of the millennium. When an obscure Arab scientist solved the riddle of light, the universe no longer belonged to God. 

“Two writers facing one Turing test: A dialog in honor of HAL,” Common Knowledge, 1998, Vol. 7, pp.177-191. Richard Powers and Bruno Latour. I’d like you to imagine a simple thought experiment. Two people who have never met each other, who do not speak the same language, who do not work in the same discipline,, Read More

“We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.” Grand Street 10.1 (Winter, 1991): 182. Excerpt from Gold Bug Variations.