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

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