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Sebastian Matthews

Sebastian Matthews, a graduate of University of Michigan’s MFA program, edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal. He recently completed a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (Norton, 2004), and co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). His poems has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New England Review, Post Road, and Seneca Review, among others. Matthews was a recent Bread Loaf Scholar in Nonfiction. He lives with his wife and boy in Asheville, NC, where he teaches part-time at Warren Wilson College.


Buying Wine

Winter 2004 | Poetry

When we were boys, we had a choice: stay in the car or else follow him into Wine Mart, that cavernous retail barn, down aisle after aisle, California reds to Australian blends to French dessert wines, past bins loaded like bat racks with bottles, [...]

Song for My Father

Winter 2004 | Essays

You must release as much of this hoard as you can, little by little, in perfect time, as the work of the body becomes a body of work. —William Matthews, "Mingus in Diaspora" It's easy to see why the jazz saxophonist Lester Young was one of m [...]