Poet and Pushcart Prize Winner To Reside at CSU’s Carson McCullers Center

HowellCOLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians recently announced Rebecca Gayle Howell as the 2015 Marguerite and Lamar Smith Writing Fellow. From September to December, Howell will work and reside in the childhood home of Carson McCullers, author of “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and other Sothern Gothic novels.

A Kentucky native, Howell is the tenth recipient of the fellowship named for McCullers' parents and inspired by McCullers' experiences at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In 2014, Howell was awarded a Pushcart Prize, the nation’s top literary award honoring short stories, poetry and essays. Her first book of poems, “Render/An Apocalypse,” was the winner of the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Howell also helped translate into English Amal al-Jubouri's “Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation” and was awarded two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.

Howell earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Fine Arts from Drew University in Madison, N.J. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at Texas Tech University.

While in residence at the Carson McCullers Center, Howell will work on her second book of poems. During her stay, the McCullers Center will host a public reading featuring Howell, the details of which will be announced at a later date.

The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship contributes to the McCullers Center’s mission to preserve the legacy of Carson McCullers, nurture American writers and musicians, educate youth and foster the literary and musical life of Columbus, Georgia and the American South. The center, located on 1519 Stark Avenue, presents educational and cultural programs for the community and maintains an archive of materials related to the life and work of Carson McCullers.

For more information on Howell, the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship or related programs and events, visit www.mccullerscenter.org or call 706-565-4021.