20 October—LONDON Eyewear Publishing is pleased to announce that Rebecca Gayle Howell is the winner of the 2016 Sexton Prize for her manuscript AN AMERICAN PURGATORY. Don Share, editor of Poetry Magazine and final judge for the inaugural Sexton Prize, selected Howell’s AN AMERICAN PURGATORY from a shortlist of seven manuscripts from this year’s open competition. Share called AN AMERICAN PURGATORY “far-reaching, inventive, surprising, and apt…a terrific book.”
Howell’s previous publications include Render /An Apocalypse (CSU, 2013), which was selected by Nick Flynn for the Cleveland State University First Book Prize and was a finalist for ForeWord Review's Book of the Year.
She is also the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books, 2011), 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 awards are fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Carson McCullers Center, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Native to Kentucky, Howell is a Senior Editor for Oxford American. Eyewear will launch AN AMERICAN PURGATORY at the 2017 AWP conference in Washington, D.C. To reserve an advance review copy of the title, email the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Author photo by Jacob Shores-Arguello.