Rebecca Gayle Howell

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.

Upcoming Events with Rebecca

September 02 to September 03
Adrian Matejka & Rebecca Gayle Howell Appearances , Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA
September 09
Rebecca Gayle Howell Workshop , The Porch, Nashville, TN
September 13
Rebecca Gayle Howell Reading & Public Conversation, Appalachian Symposium, Berea College, Berea, KY
September 23
Rebecca Gayle Howell Reading, Appalachian Food Summit Benefit Holly Hill Inn, Midway, KY
October 05
The Documentary Imagination: A Poetry Reading and Q&A with Rebecca Gayle Howell, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
October 11
Rebecca Gayle Howell Reading, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
October 12
Rebecca Gayle Howell Reading , Pleiades Visiting Writers Series, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
October 13
Rebecca Gayle Howell Appearance, Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN
November 18
Rebecca Gayle Howell Appearance, Kentucky Book Fair, Lexington, KY

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