Episode 5: Rebecca Gayle Howell

Author photo by Matt White.

Author photo by Matt White.

Rebecca Gayle Howell

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American Purgatory, selected by Don Share for the 2016 Sexton Prize and out now by Eyewear Publishing. She is also the author of Render /An Apocalypse and the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's verse memoir of the Iraq War, Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation. Native to Kentucky, Howell is a senior editor at the Oxford American. 

Discussed In This Episode

Listening, dictating and the nighttime mind. Over-mystifying the arts. Faith and writing. The sound of the Bible. Specialization is not the artistic model. The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the life-changing power of fellowships and freedom from the capitalist economy. "Nothing good has ever come to me by denying what was uncomfortable." Cisterns in your brain! Maybe inspiration is the brain talking to itself. The questions we keep asking. Tenderness (or the absence of). Creation as resistance. Creative Pep Talk on making art and making money. Second-wave feminist publishing.  

Recommended Reading 

American Purgatory, Rebecca Gayle Howell (Amazon | IndieBound)
Render /An Apocalypse, Rebecca Gayle Howell (Amazon | IndieBound)
Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation, Amal al-Jubouri (Amazon | IndieBound)
James Baker Hall (Amazon | IndieBound)
James Whitcomb Riley (Amazon | IndieBound)
T.S. Eliot (Amazon | IndieBound)
Emily Dickinson (Amazon | IndieBound)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Amazon | IndieBound)
Jim Shepard (Amazon | IndieBound)
Allan Gurganus (Amazon | IndieBound)
Wendell Berry (Amazon | IndieBound)
Victuals, Ronni Lundy (Amazon | IndieBound
Thomas Merton (Amazon | IndieBound)
What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell (Amazon | IndieBound)

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