The Eighth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

 


The winner of the eighth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is

Guinevere in Baltimore

by

Shelley Puhak






Ms Puhak, of Catonsville, Maryland, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish Guinevere in Baltimore, which is her second collection of poems, on 18 November 2013, when Ms Puhak will read alongside the 2012 judge at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. (More information about this reading will be posted on our News page in due course.)

It took the press's screening panel two months of careful reading, deliberation and discussion to narrow the field to the group of finalists which, stripped of all identifying reference, was then sent to the 2012 judge, Charles Simic. Waywiser's Senior American Editor, Joe Harrison, rang Ms Puhak with Mr Simic's decision in mid-April.

Our congratulations go not just to Shelley Puhak and to those whose manuscripts reached the later stages of the contest – the finalists and semi-finalists are listed below – but to everyone else who entered. It is thanks to everyone who participated that the 2012 contest has been another resounding success.


More information about Shelley Puhak and the other poets who made it as far as the semi-finals, together with examples of their work, can be read by clicking on the relevant links below.

 

 

Winner

Shelley Puhak, Guinevere in Baltimore

 

Finalists

(in name order)

Kevin Barents, Bearings

Anthony Deaton, Voice, Compass, Clay

Heather June Gibbons, Red-Handed

Amy Greacen, A Modern Herbal

Carrie Green, Double Brilliance

V. Penelope Pelizzon, Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone is Time

Bob Watts, The Tendency of Bodies to Remain at Rest

Maya Jewell Zeller, Mappable in the Dark

 

Semi-Finalists

(in name order)

Paul Beilstein, Reservoir

Claudia Gary, Your Love Was Weightless, Breathless

Paul Martin, River Scar

Gary McDowell, Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None

Nadine Sabra Meyer, Shadow Box

John Paul O'Connor, Half the Truth

Alison Powell, On The Desire to Levitate

Michael Rutherglen, At the Later Library of Babel

Ron Salisbury, there's snow in heaven

Miriam Schulman, Fight or Flight

Richard Sewell, A Stream of Voices

Phillip Sterling, Some Play of Light

Philip White, Among Other Things

 

 


 
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