Meet Rebecca Gayle Howell

Rebecca Gayle Howell
James Still Writer-In-Residence

Rebecca joined the Settlement School staff as the James Still Writer-In-Residence in May 2017. In addition to creating her own poetry, Rebecca oversees an array of literary projects as part of her work at Hindman.

Native to Kentucky, Rebecca Gayle Howell is a writer, translator, and editor. Her debut poetry collection, Render /An Apocalypse, was a finalist for ForeWord’s Book of the Year and the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature. Howell’s latest book, American Purgatory, was released to both the United Kingdom and the United States in 2017 and was selected by Don Share for The Sexton Prize. 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. She holds a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, where she specialized in Southern literature from a global perspective, and an M.F.A. in poetry and translation from Drew University; since 2014 she has been poetry editor for the Oxford American.