Matthew Wimberley
  • Matthew Wimberley
  • Assistant Professor of English

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  • Phone: 828.898.3498
  • Office: North Carolina Building, Office 113
  • Department: Academics


MFA, New York University (Poetry)
BFA, North Carolina State University (Creative Writing)

Common Courses Taught

Wilderness Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Advanced Poetry
Appalachian Poetry

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

As a poet, I am interested in how language functions as a technology of reality. My focus is on 20th and 21st century poetry, particularly narrative forms. I am the author of the poetry collections "All the Great Territories" (SIU, 2020), winner of the 2018 Crab Orchard Poetry Series First Book award and "Daniel Boone's Window" (LSU,2020) selected for the Southern Messenger Poets series by Dave Smith. A selection of my individual poems and prizes are as follows: Winner of the 2015 William Matthews Prize from the Asheville Poetry Review, and a finalist for the 2015 Narrative Poetry Contest. My work was selected by Mary Szybist for the 2016 Best New Poets Anthology and my writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, Diode, The Missouri Review Online, Narrative, Orion, The Paris-American, Poet Lore, Rattle, Verse Daily, and others. I received my MFA from NYU where I worked with children at St. Mary's Hospital as a Starworks Fellow.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

As a new faculty member I have been most involved with the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. Particularly, I have been involved with the curation of the speaker series. Since arriving at Lees-McRae College I have been part of the group organizing speakers from musicians such as Charlie Brown and the Forest Hillbillies, to writers such as Jesse Graves, Michele Poulos, and Gregory Donovan, and most recently the members of the Stephenson Center have brought the documentary film "A Late Style of Fire" about the poet Larry Levis to campus.  

Personal Interests

When I'm not on campus I am most likely writing, hiking, or snowboarding. My wife Sally is the director of the Heath and Wellness Sciences program here at Lees-McRae and we enjoy taking our dogs Piper and Wren on long hikes, camping and traveling whenever possible.