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The eleventh annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize now open for submissions

 

 

Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize #11

 

The eleventh annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is now open for submissions. For further information please click on the logo above.

 

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In memorian Robert Conquest

 

Robert Conquest

1917 - 2015


It is with great sadness that we learned of Robert Conquest's death, on August 3rd, in Palo Alto, California. He was 98. Bob was best-known as a historian, the author, most famously, of The Great Terror, a book which offered the first detailed exposé of the horrors endured by the Russian people under Stalin, and did so at the height of the Cold War, at a time when hard information was extremely hard to come by. But as well as being a renowned historian, Bob was a notably accomplished poet, described on one occasion by his friend Philip Larkin as "a genius". Between 1956 and 2012, he published eight collections of verse, each of them much admired and highly praised. It was a privilege for Waywiser to be responsible for issuing his last two collections – Penultimata (2009) and Blokelore & Blokesongs (2012) – and we will cherish our memories of working with him.

Our condolences go to Bob's widow, Liddie, and to the rest of his family.

To read the obituaries which have appeared in the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph, please click on the links below:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/arts/international/robert-conquest-historian-who-documented-soviet-horrors-dies-at-98.html?_r=0

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11782719/Robert-Conquest-historian-obituary.html

 

 

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Forthcoming Publications

 

 


 
Jaimee Hills, How to Avoid Speaking
 

 

Jaimee Hills, How to Avoid Speaking

Winner of the tenth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

Foreword by the judge, Anthony Thwaite


Paperback, 96 pp,  ISBN: 978-1-904130-84-0, £9.99, Publication: 26 October 2015




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Jerome Luc Martin, The Gardening Fires: Sonnets and Fragments

 

Jérôme Luc Martin, The Gardening Fires: Sonnets and Fragments

Finalist for the ninth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize


Paperback, 80 pp,  ISBN: 978-1-904130-66-6, £9.99, Publication: 26 October 2015




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New Publication




Greg Williamson, The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True

 

Greg Williamson, The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True

with illustrations by Brian Bowes


128 pp, ISBN 978-1-904130-83-3, £10.99 (Paperback)

Publication 6 August 2015


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Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize Announcement

 

Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize #10

 

The winner of the tenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, announced by judge Anthony Thwaite on March 12th 2015, is Jamee Hills's How to Avoid Speaking. Ms Hills, of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA, will receive a purse of $3,000, and How to Avoid Speaking, complete with a foreword by Mr Thwaite, will be published by Waywiser in November 2015, when Ms Hills and Mr Thwaite will give a public reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

For further information about the latest contest, with webpages featuring information about and poems by authors who reached the semi-finals and beyond, please click on the logo above

Our thanks go not just to them but to all of the 450+ poets who submitted to this year's contest.

 


 

 

Joseph Harrison's poem "Hamlet" featured on Poetry Daily

 

Joseph Harrison, Shakespeare's Horse

 

Joseph Harrison's poem "Hamlet" is taken from Harrison's latest collection, Shakespeare's Horse, a book which has been highly praised by John Ashbery and Harold Bloom. To read the poem on Poetry Daily, please click on the link below. To learn more about the book, as well as seeing what Ashbery and Bloom have written about it, please click on the cover image above.

http://poems.com/

 


 

 

 

Cody Walker to take part in the Best American Poetry Reading 2015

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm,
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall,
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

For the fourteenth consecutive year, the New School Writing Program will host the launch reading of The Best American Poetry. Cody Walker, author of Shuffle and Breakdown, and of the forthcoming The Self-Styled No-Child – details of whose publication on March 15th 2016 will be posted here later in the year – will appear alongside a number of the other poets represented in the 2015 volume. The event will be moderated by series editor David Lehman, poetry coordinator, New School Writing Program, and Sherman Alexie, the 2015 guest editor.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Eric McHenry appointed Poet Laureate of Kansas

 

Our congratulations go to Waywiser author Associate Editor Eric McHenry, whose appointment as Poet Laureate of the state of Kansas for 2015-2017 has just been announced. Eric is a poet, teacher and editor of great distinction, and if he brought just a fraction of his talent, energy and enthusiasm to the job, the state of Kansas could feel satisfied that they had made the right choice. Instead of that, they can rely on him to give the role his all. To read more about the appointment, please click on the link below:

http://kansashumanities.org/programs/poet-laureate-of-kansas-2/

 


 
 

 

New Publication

 

 

K. M. Ross, The Blinding Walk : a novel

K. M. Ross, The Blinding Walk: a novel

520 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-79-6, £12.99 paperback),
 
Publication, June 11, 2015


For further information about this book, please click on the cover above.

 

 

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Recent Publications

 

Joseph Harrison, Shakespeare's Horse

Joseph Harrison, Shakespeare's Horse

120 pp,  ISBN: 978-1-904130-80-2, £11.99 (hardback)

120 pp,  ISBN: 978-1-904130-77-2, £9.99 (paperback)

Publication, 12 March 2015

 


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Mary Jo Salter, It's Hard to Say

Mary Jo Salter, It's Hard to Say: Selected Poems

208 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-76-5, £12.99 (paperback only)

Publication, 12 March 2015


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Recent Event

Waywiser novelist, K. M. Ross, read from The Blinding Walk

at The Edinburgh Bookshop, 219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, Thursday 11 June

 

 


 

Waywiser poets, Joseph Harrison, V. Penelope Pelizzon, and Mary Jo Salter read poems from their Waywiser collections

at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York City

 

 

 

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In memoriam Mark Strand

 

Mark Strand

1934 - 2014


Mark Strand, one of America's finest poets as well as a tremendously accomplished artist, passed away on Saturday November 29th, aged 80. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and all who knew his work.

Waywiser published two of Mark's remarkable collections – the Pulitzer Prize-winning Blizzard of One and, more recently, Almost Invisible, and we were proud to build on the association, having him judge the seventh Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for us, as well having him read at a number of Waywiser events, most memorably during "A Fine Excess", our three-day celebration of poetry at Emory University in the spring of 2008, and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in the fall of 2012, when he read alongside the seventh Hecht Prize winner, Chris Andrews.

Our condolences go to Mark's partner, Maricruz Bilbao, and to the rest of his family.

To read the obituaries of him that have appeared in the New York Times and the (London) Guardian, please click on the links below:

New York Times

The Guardian

 

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Books of the Year


The November 28th 2014, Books of the Year, issue of the Times Literary Supplement contained nominations of two of Waywiser's most recent publications, Geoffrey Brock's Hecht Prize winning Voices Bright Flags and Clive Watkins's Already the Flames. Their nominator, poet Alicia Stallings, writes:

"It was a good year for terrific second collections. Two more, both from The Waywiser Press, are Geoffrey Brock's Voices Bright Flags, whose haunting
sequence
"Homeland Security" braids the personal and the political, and Clive Watkins's Already the Flames, with its keen eye and intelligent music."

 

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Recent Event

 

Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize Reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.

November 17th, 2014

 


 
Geoffrey Brock, Voices Bright Flags: poems
 

 

 

 

An appreciative audience of about 100 people gathered at the Folger Shakespeare Library on the evening of November 17th, to hear the ninth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize winner, Geoffrey Brock, and the judge who awarded him the prize, Heather McHugh, read from their work. The event was introduced by Waywiser's Editor in Chief, Philip Hoy.

 

Heather McHugh & Geoffrey Brock
before their reading
Geoffrey Brock
Heather McHugh
Heather McHugh & Geoffrey Brock
signing their books

 

 

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Recent Publications

 

Geoffrey Brock, Voices Bright Flags

Geoffrey Brock, Voices Bright Flags: poems

112 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-64-2, £8.99 (hardback),
 
Publication, November 17th, 2014


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K. M. Ross, The Blinding Walk : a novel

K. M. Ross, The Blinding Walk: a novel

520 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-62-8, £17.99 (hardback),
 
Publication, October 9th 2014


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Clive Watkins, Already the Flames: poems

Clive Watkins, Already the Flames: poems

136 pp,  ISBN: 978-1904130-72-7, £8.99 (paperback),
 
Publication, October 9th 2014


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