The 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize

We are now considering submissions for the 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize!

Final Judge for 2014: Billy Collins

First Place: $1,000, publication in Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville

Second Place: $250, publication, and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore

Third Place: publication and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore

The final judging process will be “blind” (all identifying information will be removed from the poems).

All submissions will be considered for publication.

Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2014

Send 3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee (payable to Asheville Poetry Review) to:

William Matthews Poetry Prize
c/o Asheville Poetry Review
PO Box 7086
Asheville, NC 28802

The editors at Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the William Matthews Poetry Prize recipients for 2013. Patricia Smith was the final judge.

Bart Rawlinson, from Forestville, CA, was awarded first prize for his poem, “Jonah and Mr. Bones,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in the next issue of Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 20, Issue 23, 2013), which will be released in November, 2013.

Second prize is awarded to Shelley Puhak of Baltimore, MD for her poem, “On High School Reunions and Hurricane Agnes.” She will receive $250 as well as publication.

David Brendan Hopes, from Asheville, NC, was the third prize recipient for his poem “Spade,” and he will also be published in our next issue.

All three authors will be featured at a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, NC this summer.

Bart Rawlinson is the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award, the Robert Browning Prize for Dramatic Monologue, and the Eugene Ruggles Poetry Prize, among other awards. He is an Associate Professor of English at Mendocino College in Northern California. He lives in Forestville with his partner Bill Boucher.

Shelley Puhak’s second collection, Guinevere in Baltimore, was selected by Charles Simic for the Anthony Hecht Prize and is forthcoming in fall 2013. Her first collection, Stalin in Aruba, was awarded the 2010 Towson Prize for Literature. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Carolina Quarterly, and New South. She is assistant professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University and lives in Baltimore with her husband and son.

David Brendan Hopes grew up in Northeastern Ohio, and has come to rest in western North Carolina, where he is Professor of Literature and Language at UNC Asheville. He has written extensively about both nature and art, and is currently pursuing a career as a playwright, which the skills of a poet make easier than it might otherwise be. Winner of the Juniper and Saxifrage prizes in poetry, he is founder and artistic director of the Black Swan Theater.

Asheville Poetry Review will accept entries for the fourth annual William Matthews Poetry Prize from September 15, 2013 through January 15, 2014.

Back issue content recently added

The Asheville Poetry Review website is in the process of an all-inclusive update. Our mission is to make all of the content of our back issues available online, creating an archive that contains the complete publishing history of our first fifteen years, dating from our first issue, published in June 1994. We thank you for your patience as we update this site.

Below you’ll find links to the most recently added poetry, reviews, essays and interviews.

John Wood  •  from November 20, 2010

The Angels of Our Expectations

John Wood  •  from November 20, 2010

The Fiction of History

John Wood  •  from November 20, 2010

Double Elegy: for a Child, for an Old Man

Dede Wilson  •  from November 20, 2010

Morning Of The Duel

Dede Wilson  •  from November 20, 2010


Daniel Westover  •  from November 20, 2010

Of Flesh and Heaven

Charles Harper Webb  •  from November 20, 2010

Never Too Late

Simon Perchik  •  from December 4, 2010


Virgil  •  from November 19, 2010

For Camilla Wren McDaniel

— translated from the Latin by A. E. Stallings

Rafael Soto Verges  •  from November 19, 2010


— translated from the Spanish by Louis Bourne