Matthew Wimberley to deliver craft talk at Appalachian State

Matthew Wimberley, assistant professor of English, will deliver a craft talk at Appalachian State University on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 2–3 p.m. as part of the Fall 2021 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. He will then read a selection of his poetry from 6–7 p.m.

Wimberley, a poet who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of four visiting writers who will read and discuss their work and lead talks about the craft this semester. Wimberley joins fiction authors Leah Hampton and Ashleigh Bryant Phillips and fellow poet Jacinta White.

Wimberley has published two poetry collections—“All the Great Territories” and “Daniel Boone’s Window.” His craft talk is titled “Speaking with the Dead: Elegies and Silence.”

Wimberley also penned a chapbook, Snake Mountain Almanac, which was selected by Eduardo C. Corral as the winner of the Rayne Arroyo Chapbook Contest from Seven Kitchens Press. His work has appeared in the Poem-a-Day series from the Academy of American Poets, Blackbird, and Threepenny Review.

Wimberley’s involvement in the visiting writers series continues his recent work at Appalachian State, where he has served as the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing throughout the Fall 2021 semester.

Wimberley’s most recent book, “Daniel Boone’s Window,” was released this September.

“The book has been out just a few weeks and it’s been so amazing to see people reading it and writing to me about it,” Wimberley said. “I’m lucky to have such good friends and to be able to find people through poetry.”

Wimberley said he has received positive feedback.

“There is no better praise than receiving a kind note about your work from a stranger,” he said.

Wimberley was recently part of a visiting author series at Louisiana State University and served as the Rod Altizer Visiting Poet at Southwest Virginia Community College.

Following his appearance at Appalachian State, Wimberley will hold a virtual reading of “Daniel Boone’s Window” at North Carolina State University alongside poet Joseph Millar on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

LSU Press and Amazon sell paperback copies of “Daniel Boone's Window.” Kindle copies are available, as well.

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By Cory SpiersOctober 18, 2021