The editors of Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the William Matthews Poetry Prize Recipients for 2017.

The 2017 William Matthews Poetry Prize Winners

Judged by Cornelius Eady

Jared Harél, from Rego Park, NY, was awarded first prize for his poem, “You Want It Darker,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 24, Issue 27, 2017), which will be released in December, 2017.

Second prize is awarded to Sarah Gordon, from Athens, GA, for her poem, “The Last American Tour, 1953.” She will receive $250, as well as publication.

Chelsea Woodard, from New Hampton, NH, was the third prize recipient for her poem “Wren’s Nest,” 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, 2017 – January 15, 2018. The final judge for 2018 is Alfred Corn.

For complete guidelines, please visit www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/the-william-matthews-poetry-prize.


Jared Harél was awarded the 2015 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Additionally, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Ecotone, EPOCH, Massachusetts Review, Newtown Literary, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review and Tin House. His narrative long poem, “The Body Double,” was published by Brooklyn Arts Press. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two kids.

Sarah Gordon’s poetry has appeared in a number of publications, including, most recently, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Confrontation, Arts & Letters, and Christianity and Literature. Her collection, Distances, appeared from Brito & Lair in 1999. She is founding editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review and author of Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination (UGA Press, 2000) and A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia (UGA Press, 2008).

Chelsea Woodard’s first collection, Vellum, was published by Able Muse Press in 2014, and was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award. Her second collection, Solitary Bee, was published by Measure Press last October. Her poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Southwest Review, Blackbird, American Arts Quarterly, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She currently lives and teaches in New Hampshire.

The 2018 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 2018: Alfred Corn

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

All submissions will be considered for publication.

Online entry/Postmark Deadline: January 15 of each year.

Send 1-3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee.

We prefer online submissions through Submittable:


For postal submissions, include a check payable to Asheville Poetry Review as well as a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of results:

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