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Poetry. Winner of the 2016 Sexton Prize for Poetry (selected by Don Share of Poetry magazine), AMERICAN PURGATORY is a story of the working class, a dystopia set in a near-future United States marked by severe drought, herbicidal warfare, and a totalitarian climate of poverty. This purgatory is populated by those who believe that if they work hard enough, they will be set free. Against this backdrop, three unlikely characters begin a journey that will take them away from work, belief, and even each other, until the protagonist uncovers a truth about this place that indeed sets her free. Equal parts Dante and Cormac McCarthy, AMERICAN PURGATORY is a coming-of-age for capitalism written in the decade of tea-party terror.
Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of AMERICAN PURGATORY (Eyewear Publishing, 2017) and RENDER/AN APOCALYPSE (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and the translator of Amal al-Jubouri's HAGAR BEFORE THE OCCUPATION/HAGAR AFTER THE OCCUPATION. Her work has received wide critical acclaim. Native to Kentucky, Howell is a senior editor for the Oxford American. Author City: Lexington, KY USA