The 2015 William Matthews Poetry Prize

The editors at Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the William Matthews Poetry Prize recipients for 2015. Matthew Wimberley, from Beech Mtn., NC, was awarded first prize for his poem, “All the Great Territories,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 22, Issue 25, 2015), which will be released in November, 2015. Garrett Hongo was the final judge.

Second prize is awarded to Patrick Swaney, from Athens, OH, for his poem, “Late Fall, Late Afternoon, Late Light.”
He will receive $250, as well as publication.

Debbie Benson, from Atascadero, CA, is the third prize recipient for her poem “Papanasam” and she will also be published in our next issue.

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

The next reading period for the William Matthews Poetry Prize is from September 15-January 15, 2016. For the guidelines, visit


Matthew Wimberley is a native of Beech Mt., NC. His chapbook Snake Mountain Almanac was selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the 2014 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Contest from Seven Kitchens Press. A finalist for the 2012 Narrative 30 Below Contest, his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative, Orion, The Paris-American, Poet Lore, Puerto Del Sol, Rattle, and Verse Daily. Wimberley received his MFA from NYU where he worked with children at St. Mary’s Hospital as a Starworks Fellow.

Patrick Swaney lives in Athens, OH, where is completing a PhD in poetry. He is the editor of Quarter After Eight. His work has appeared in Conduit, Indiana Review, NANO Fiction, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

Debbie Benson’s poems have previously appeared in Mid-American Review, Best New Poets 2013, Antioch Review, Barrow Street, and other journals. She is a past recipient of the Vern Cowles Prize for a Trinity of Poems (Southeast Missouri State University Press) and the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize (Southern California Review). She currently lives in central CA, where she works at a state psychiatric hospital. She has earned an MFA in poetry from the New School, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University.

The next entry period for The William Matthews Poetry Prize will be September 15, 2015 through January 15, 2016.

First Prize: $1,000, publication in Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading in Asheville
Second Prize: $250, publication, and a featured reading in Asheville
Third Prize: Publication and a featured reading in Asheville

Final Judge for 2016: Joy Harjo

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 of each year.

Send 1-3 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

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