The 2016 William Matthews Poetry Prize

The editors of Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the William Matthews Poetry Prize Recipients for 2016.

The 2016 William Matthews Poetry Prize Winners

Judged by Joy Harjo

Marilee Richards, from Sedona, AZ, was awarded first prize for her poem, “The Double Zero,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 23, Issue 26, 2016), which will be released in December, 2016.

Second prize is awarded to Anne Valley-Fox, from Santa Fe, NM, for her poem, “To Love India.” She will receive $250, as well as publication.

Catherine Carter, from Cullowhee, NC, was the third prize recipient for her poem “First Witch,” and she will also be published in our upcoming issue.

The next reading period for the William Matthews Poetry Prize is September 15, 2016-January 15, 2017. The judge for 2017 is Cornelius Eady. For complete guidelines, please visit www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/the-william-matthews-poetry-prize.

ABOUT THE WINNERS

Marilee Richards began to write poems after joining the Berkeley Poet’s Co-operative in the eighties. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, The Sun, The Literary Review, The Cimarron Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, The St. Petersburg Review, and The Santa Clara Review, as well as several anthologies. Richards also received a grant from the California Arts Council, and was a recent Honorable Mention in the Tor House Poetry Prize and The St. Petersburg Review Prize. She has just completed her first collection, entitled The Disappeared.

Anne Valley-Fox was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1946, and schooled at the University of California, Berkeley, during the Free Speech Movement. Her poetry collections are How Shadows Are Bundled, Point of No Return, Fish Drum 15, and Sending the Body Out. Valley-Fox co-authored Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen and is co-editor of five oral history collections culled from the New Deal’s New Mexico Writers’ Project. She is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and vice president of New Mexico Literary Arts. Valley-Fox lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with the writer Tom Ireland. Her new collection of poems, Nightfall, will be published by Red Mountain Press in 2016.

Catherine Carter lives with her husband in Cullowhee, near Western Carolina University, where she teaches in the English Education program. Her latest full-length collection is The Swamp Monster at Home (LSU, 2012); her first, The Memory of Gills (LSU, 2006), received the 2007 Roanoke-Chowan Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Her chapbook, Marks of the Witch, won Jacar Press’ 2014 chapbook contest and appeared in December 2014. Her work has also appeared in Best American Poetry 2009, Orion, Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Ploughshares, among other places.

The 2017 William Matthews Poetry Prize

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

Judge for 2017: Cornelius Eady

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

Caleb

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

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Virgil  •  from November 19, 2010

For Camilla Wren McDaniel

— translated from the Latin by A. E. Stallings

Rafael Soto Verges  •  from November 19, 2010

Existence

— translated from the Spanish by Louis Bourne