Rebecca Gayle Howell

Rebecca Gayle Howell is a poet, translator, and editor whose work is concerned with the economics of exploitation, work, and place. Her most recent collection is American Purgatory, selected by Don Share for Great Britain's 2016 Sexton Prize and named a must-read poetry collection by both The Millions and the Courier-Journal. She is also the author of Render / An Apocalypse, which was selected by Nick Flynn for Cleveland State University Poetry Center's 2013 First Book Prize. Render was shortlisted for both the Weatherford Award and Foreword Review's Book of the Year, and it received wide critical acclaim, most notably by David L. Ulin for the Los Angeles Times who called the book "remarkable." Howell's debut was as the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's feminist verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books). Hagar received the Jules Chametzky Prize in Translation, was selected by Library Journal as a Best Book of Poetry for 2011, and shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award. Among Howell's other honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Native to Kentucky, Howell lives in Appalachia where she edits poetry for the Oxford American and serves as the James Still Writer-in-Residence at the Hindman Settlement School.

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