The 2014 William Matthews Poetry Prize

William Matthews

The editors at Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the William Matthews Poetry Prize recipients for 2014. Billy Collins was the final judge.

Bruce Sager, from Westminster, MD was awarded first prize for his poem, “The Lot of Stars,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in the 20th Anniversary issue of Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 21, Issue 24, 2014), which will be released in November, 2014.

Second prize is awarded to T. J. Sandella, from Cleveland, OH, for his poem, “Flight.” He will receive $250, as well as publication.

Dave Seter, from Petaluma, CA, was the third prize recipient for his poem “What My Uncle Is Trying To Say,” and he will also be published in our next issue.

The Matthews Prize recipients will give a reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore, hosted by Asheville Poetry Review founder and managing editor Keith Flynn, on Friday, July 25th at 7:00 pm.

The next reading period for the William Matthews Poetry Prize is from September 15-January 15, 2015.


Bruce Sager was awarded the 2010 Harriss Poetry Prize for the book, Famous, with Dick Allen, the Poet Laureate of Connecticut, serving as final judge. Prior books include Nine Ninety-Five (1971) and The Pumping Station (1986). He has been the recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in both fiction (2008) and poetry (2011), a Baltimore City Arts Grant in poetry, and the Artscape Literary Arts Award in poetry, chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate William Stafford. Sager serves as the CEO of Whiteboard Federal Technologies, a technology firm supporting the federal business community.

T. J. Sandella is a recent graduate of Georgia College’s MFA program, where he was the assistant poetry editor for Arts & Letters. He’s the recipient of an Elinor Benedict Prize for Poetry (Passages North) and two Academy of American Poets University Prizes. He was a finalist for Agnes Scott’s Writers’ Festival Award, and has been nominated for the AWP Intro Awards and Best New Poets 2014. Most recently, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review, Passages North, The Tusculum Review, and The Fourth River.

Currently enrolled in the MA in Humanities Program at Dominican University of California, Dave Seter earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Born in Chicago, he has lived on both coasts, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California. His poetry chapbook Night Duty was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

Asheville Poetry Review will accept entries for the fifth annual William Matthews Poetry Prize from September 15, 2014 through January 15, 2015.

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