Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American Purgatory, which was selected by Don Share for the 2016 Sexton Prize. Her debut collection, Render /An Apocalypse, was a finalist for Foreword Review's 2014 Book of the Year and received wide critical acclaim, most notably by David L. Ulin for the LA Times, who called the collection "remarkable." Howell is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation, which was named a 2011 Best Book of Poetry by Library Journal and was shortlisted for Three Percent's Best Translated Book Award. Among Howell’s honors are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize; she has also been awarded sustaining support from the Kentucky Foundation for Women throughout her career. Since 2014, she has edited poetry for the Oxford American, publishing a new profile of Southern poetics including such writers as Nikki Giovanni, Tyehimba Jess, and Fady Joudah, and features the release of Nikky Finney's epic, "The Battle Of and For The Black Face Boy." Howell lives in Knott County, Kentucky, where she serves as James Still Writer-in-Residence at the Hindman Settlement School.