Powell was born in 1980, and split her time growing up between
London and a sheep farm in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. She graduated
in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge University, where
she was a junior scholar, and has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction)
from New York University, where she had a fellowship.
is the author of the novel The Mushroom Man (Putnam Penguin)
which received glowing reviews, including one from the New
York Times Book Review, and which has been translated into
several languages. She has also published short stories and journalism.
Most recently she wrote a piece on Oman for Town and Country
Travel, as well as a series of blogs for the online magazine
Words Without Borders that promotes literature in translation
(a partner of PEN American Center and The Center for Literature
and Translation at Columbia University).
lives in Boston with her husband, Christian Westra. Sophie is
represented by Faye Bender at the Faye
Bender Literary Agency in New York.