Blues for Bill

A Tribute to William Matthews

edited by Kurt Brown, Meg Kearney, Donna Reis, and Estha Weiner

Pages: 152

Size: 6 x 9

SKU: 978-1-931968-24-9 Category: Tags: , ,


Blues for Bill celebrates the life and work of poet William Matthews through his own language, that of poetry. While poems of William Matthews are well known and remembered, this collection of poems ensures that the world will remember Bill himself: his graciousness, intelligence, knowledge, style, good humor, capacity for friendship, immense talent, and wit. In this anthology, the editors memorialize the character and soul of this most unique man. The poems included are written by people who knew Bill in a variety of ways, under myriad circumstances: as friend, both old and new; as mentor and teacher; as colleague; as father. Their poems are remarkable, true testaments to Bill and his art.

About the authors

Kurt Brown is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Return of the ProdigalsMore Things in Heaven and EarthFables from the Ark, and Future Ship. The editor of six anthologies of poetry and essays, he teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.

Donna Reis’s nonfiction book, Seeking Ghosts in the Warwick Valley, was published in 2003. She received her MA in creative writing from the City College, City University of New York, where she studied with William Matthews. Her poetry, articles, essays, and criticisms have appeared in numerous magazines, including The American Book Review, A Gathering of the Tribes, Cumberland Poetry Review, Hudson Valley Magazine, and Hanging Loose.

Estha Weiner’s poems have appeared in the anthologies Never Before, The Poets’ Grimm, and Summer Shade, and in such publications as The New RepublicBarrow Street, RattapallaxBrilliant Corners, and Lit. A finalist for “Discovery”/ The Nation Prize, she is founder and director of the Writers’ Night Series for Sarah Lawrence College and a Speaker on Shakespeare for the New York Council for the Humanities. WNET, Public Television, has recently made her a consultant.

Meg Kearney’s book of poetry, An Unkindness of Ravens, was published in 2001. Her collections of poems for teens, The Secret of Me, will be published in 2005. Her work has appeared on Poetry Daily and in numerous anthologies, including Urban Nature and The Poets’ Grimm. She has taught poetry at The New School University, and was associate director of the National Book Foundation for more than 10 years. She is now director of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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Akron Series in Poetry


Donna Reis, Estha Weiner, Kurt Brown, Meg Kearney

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