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Jun 24, 2022
The Beat: Matthew Wimberley and Herman Melville
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Matthew Wimberley grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He’s the author of Daniel Boone's Window and All the Great Territories. Wimberley has won the Crab Orchard Poetry Series First Book Award, the Weatherford Award, the William Matthews Prize, and his work was chosen for the 2016 Best New Poets Anthology. He's an Assistant Professor of English at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.  

Herman Melville (1819-1891) was born in New York City. He's best known as the author of novels like Moby Dick and White-Jacket, along with short fiction including “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and “Benito Cereno.” However, Melville spent decades writing poetry exclusively, and critics have ranked him, alongside Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, as one of the best poets of the 19th century.   


Read "And So It Ends with the Cry of a Nuthatch on the First Day of Spring"

Read "Shiloh: A Requiem"

Matthew Wimberley

"The Celebrated Colors of the Local Sunsets" at

“Tabula Rasa” in Rattle

“Elegy at Night” in The Paris-American 

Three poems in Blackbird

Four poems in Narrative

“’If There Is Anything to Show You:’ An Interview with Matthew Wimberley”

Herman Melville

Bio and poems at

Bio and poems at

“Herman Melville: American Author" at”

"Herman Melville at Home" in The New Yorker

Music is by Chad Crouch

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