The editors of Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the William Matthews Poetry Prize Recipients for 2019.

The 2019 William Matthews Poetry Prize Winners, selected by Dorianne Laux

Jude Nutter, from Minneapolis, MN, was awarded first prize for her poem, “The Lions of Chauvet,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 26, Issue 29, 2019), which will be released in December, 2019.

Second prize is awarded to Sarah Rose Nordgren, from Cincinnati, OH, for her poem, “Blessing.” She will receive $250 as well as publication.

Joshua Martin, from Atlanta, GA, was the third prize recipient for his poem “Approaching My Brother, I Think of Karl Wallenda,” and he will also be published in our next issue.

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

The next reading period for the William Matthews Poetry Prize is from September 15, 2019 – January 15, 2020. To submit, visit: www.ashevillepoetryreview.submittable.com.


Jude Nutter was born in North Yorkshire, England, and grew up near Hannover, in northern Germany. Her poems have appeared in numerous national and international journals and have received over 40 awards and grants. Her first book-length collection, Pictures of the Afterlife (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), winner of the Irish Listowel Prize, was published in 2002. The Curator of Silence (University of Notre Dame Press), her second collection, won the Ernest Sandeen Prize from the University of Notre Dame and was awarded the 2007 Minnesota Book Award in poetry. A third collection, I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman (University of Notre Dame Press), was awarded the 2010 Minnesota Book Award in poetry and voted Poetry Book of the Year by Foreword Reviews. In 2004-2005 she spent two months in Antarctica as part of the National Science Foundation’s Writers and Artists Program. Jude’s fourth collection, Dead Reckoning, will be published Salmon Poetry in the spring of 2020.

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of the poetry collections Best Bones (2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and Darwin’s Mother (2017), both from University of Pittsburgh Press. Her recent poems and essays can be found in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, American Poetry Review, and The Kenyon Review. Among her awards are two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and fellowships and residencies from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Native to North Carolina, Nordgren is currently a doctoral candidate in poetry at the University of Cincinnati with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies, and an Associate Editor at 32 Poems.

Joshua Martin is a PhD student in creative writing at Georgia State University, and has poems forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Salamander, Borderlands: The Texas Poetry Review, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Tupelo Quarterly, Nashville Review, The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Raleigh Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2015 Jacar Press Chapbook Contest, the 2016 Nazim Hikmet Contest, and the 2019 Atticus Review Poetry Contest. He was recently awarded a fellowship to the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and is currently working on his dissertation.

The 2020 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 2020: TBA

The final judge will read anonymous manuscripts (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