Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author
of Render /An Apocalypse (a finalist for ForeWord’s Book
of the Year) and the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's verse memoir of the Iraq
War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (a
finalist for Three Percent's Best Translated Book Award). Among Howell’s honors
are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., the
Carson McCullers Center, and the Kentucky Arts Council, as well as a Pushcart
Prize; since 2014, she has edited poetry for the Oxford American.
Howell’s latest book, American Purgatory, was selected by Don Share for The Sexton Prize; Eyewear Publishing released the book to both the United Kingdom and the United States in early 2017. Howell is from Kentucky, where she is still the James Still Writer-in-Residence at the Hindman Settlement School (Hindman, Ky.).