Matthew Wimberley

Poet Matthew Wimberley

2021 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing 

Thursday, October 21:
Craft Talk: 2-3 pm
Speaking with the Dead: Elegies and Silence
Reading: 6-7 pm
Beacon Heights Room, 417 Plemmons Student Union


Matthew Wimberley grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He is the author of two collections of poetry, All the Great Territories (SIU, 2020), winner of the 2018 Crab Orchard Poetry Series First Book award and the 2020 Weatherford Award in poetry, and Daniel Boone's Window (LSU, 2020) selected by Dave Smith for the Southern Messenger Poets series. His chapbook, Snake Mountain Almanac was selected by Eduardo C. Corraas the winner of the Rayne Arroyo Chapbook Contest from Seven Kitchens Press. Winner of the 2015 William Matthews Prize from the Asheville Poetry Review, his work was selected by Mary Szybist for the 2016 Best New Poets Anthology and his writing has appeared most recently in the Poem-a-Day series from the Academy of American Poets, Blackbird, and Threepenny Review. Wimberley received his MFA from NYU where he worked with children at St. Mary's Hospital as a Starworks Fellow. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. He will serve as the 2021-22 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University.



"Matthew Wimberley’s deeply intimate and lyrical collection All the Great Territories maps a son’s journey through the landscapes of loss—through empty towns and black mountains and snow-covered fields. Forged by tender observations, these poems seek to uncover personal histories half-buried under layers of dirt and ash. They burn bright with elegy and longing for a father, a home, a memory of a life left behind.”—Vandana Khanna, author of Train to Agra 











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