WILLIAM MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE WINNERS Reading & Signing Hosted by Keith Flynn

The editors at Asheville Poetry Review are pleased to announce the William Matthews Poetry Prize recipients for 2013. Patricia Smith was the final judge.Bart Rawlinson, from Forestville, CA, was awarded first prize for his poem, “Jonah and Mr. Bones,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in the next issue of Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 20, Issue 23, 2013), which will be released in November, 2013.Second prize is awarded to Shelley Puhak of Baltimore, MD for her poem, “On High School Reunions and Hurricane Agnes.” She will receive $250 as well as publication.David Brendan Hopes, from Asheville, NC, was the third prize recipient for his poem “Spade,” and he will also be published in our next issue.Bart Rawlinson is the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award, the Robert Browning Prize for Dramatic Monologue, and the Eugene Ruggles Poetry Prize, among other awards. He is an Associate Professor of English at Mendocino College in Northern California. He lives in Forestville with his partner Bill Boucher.Shelley Puhak’s second collection, Guinevere in Baltimore, was selected by Charles Simic for the Anthony Hecht Prize and is forthcoming in fall 2013. Her first collection, Stalin in Aruba, was awarded the 2010 Towson Prize for Literature. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Carolina Quarterly, and New South. She is assistant professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University and lives in Baltimore with her husband and son.David Brendan Hopes grew up in Northeastern Ohio, and has come to rest in western North Carolina, where he is Professor of Literature and Language at UNC Asheville. He has written extensively about both nature and art, and is currently pursuing a career as a playwright, which the skills of a poet make easier than it might otherwise be. Winner of the Juniper and Saxifrage prizes in poetry, he is founder and artistic director of the Black Swan Theater.Asheville Poetry Review will accept entries for the fourth annual William Matthews Poetry Prize from September 15, 2013 through January 15, 2014.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
55 Haywood St
28801 Asheville