William Matthews Poetry Prize recipients reading, July 25

From a press release:

William Matthews Poetry Prize recipients reading, July 25

Join us  on Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m., at Malaprop’s Bookstore

ALL of the WILLIAM MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE WINNERS will be reading from their books

Hosted by Asheville Poetry Review Founder and Managing Editor Keith Flynn

The editors at THE ASHEVILLE POETRY REVIEW are pleased to announce the WILLIAM MATTHEWS POETRY PRIZE RECIPIENTS for 2014. Bruce Sager, from Westminster, MD was awarded first prize for his poem, “The Lot of Stars,” and will receive $1000, plus publication in the 20th Anniversary issue of The Asheville Poetry Review (Vol. 21, Issue 24, 2014), which will be released in November, 2014. Billy Collins was the final judge.

Second prize is awarded to T. J. Sandella, from Cleveland, OH, for his poem, “Flight.” He will receive $250, as well as publication.

Dave Seter, from Petaluma, CA, was the third prize recipient for his poem “What My Uncle Is Trying To Say,” 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 this summer.

The next reading period for the William Matthews Poetry Prize is from September 15-January 15, 2015. For the guidelines and more, visit: www.ashevillepoetryreview.com


Bruce Sager was awarded the 2010 Harriss Poetry Prize for the book, Famous, with Dick Allen, the Poet Laureate of Connecticut, serving as final judge. Prior books include Nine Ninety-Five (1971) and The Pumping Station (1986). He has been the recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in both fiction (2008) and poetry (2011), a Baltimore City Arts Grant in poetry, and the Artscape Literary Arts Award in poetry, chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate William Stafford. Sager serves as the CEO of Whiteboard Federal Technologies, a technology firm supporting the federal business community.

T. J. Sandella is a recent graduate of Georgia College’s MFA program, where he was the assistant poetry editor for Arts & Letters. He’s the recipient of an Elinor Benedict Prize for Poetry (Passages North) and two Academy of American Poets University Prizes. He was a finalist for Agnes Scott’s Writers’ Festival Award, and has been nominated for the AWP Intro Awards and Best New Poets 2014. Most recently, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review, Passages North, The Tusculum Review, and The Fourth River.

Currently enrolled in the MA in Humanities Program at Dominican University of California, Dave Seter earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Born in Chicago, he has lived on both coasts, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California. His poetry chapbook Night Duty was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. For more information please see: http://www.daveseter.com./


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