William Matthews Poetry Prize

I was delighted to learn from Keith Flynn, editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, that I was awarded first place in the 2022 William Matthews Poetry Prize competition, for my poem “Verbesina occidentalis.” The judge was Marilyn Nelson. The prize is a generous one, including not only enough money to buy a good many books but also publication in the December 2022 issue of Asheville Poetry Review, and a reading in Asheville in the fall of 2022. More than that, it honors a great poet, a great man, a great teacher, whom I had the honor and pleasure of knowing many years ago, during my years at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and The New England Review.

Verbesina occidentalis, in an abandoned field near Bolin Creek, Carrboro, North Carolina

Published by Maura

I was born in Wales and lived there much of my early life, before immigrating to the United States. I have moved up and down the east coast, Florida to New Hampshire, and am finally settled in North Carolina, where I work as an editor and translator. I still travel, when I can, and meantime work on various local civic and arts initiatives.

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