10th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Heather McHugh
The winner of the tenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize was Jaimee Hills’s How to Avoid Speaking.
Ms Hills, of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish How to Avoid Speaking, her first collection of poems, in November 2015, when she will read alongside Anthony Thwaite, the tenth contest’s judge, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
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 Mr Thwaite. His decision was relayed to the press in the second week of March.
Our congratulations go not just to Jaimee Hills 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 latest contest has been another resounding success.
(in name order)
Neil Aitken, Babbage’s Dream
Kevin Barents, Bearings
Joshua Coben, Gallows Heaven
Scott Coffel, The Great Blue Question Mark
Kevin Craft, Vagrants and Accidentals
Martin Edmunds, Polychrome
Julie Funderburk, The Door that Always Opens
Heather June Gibbons, Exploded View
Stephanie Goehring, You Wake to an Alarm
Sonia Greenfield, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer’s Market
Leslie Harrison, Triptych
Todd Hearon, Crows in Eden
Johnny Horton, A Bedtter Word for Father
Sara Miller, Spellbound
Austin Segrest, Barrel Roll
Eric Smith, Black Hole Factory
Victor Tapner, The Limitations of Artificial Intelligence
Alissa Valles, Dr Salvage
Bob Watts, The Tendency of Bodies to Remain at Rest
Mike White, Where Once the Body Lies
Amy Wright, Upping the Panoply