11th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Eavan Boland
The winner of the eleventh Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is Austin Allen’s Pleasures of the Game.
Mr Allen, of Baltimore, Maryland, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish Pleasures of the Game, his first collection of poems, in October 2016, when he will read alongside Eavan Boland, the eleventh 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 Ms Boland. Her decision was relayed to the press in the second week of March.
Our congratulations go not just to Austin Allen and to those whose manuscripts reached the later stages of the contest – the semi-finalists and 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.
More information about Austin Allen and most of the other poets who made it to the last stages of the contest, together with examples of their work, can be read by clicking on the relevant links below.
(in name order)
J. Camp Brown, Slow of Speech and Tongue
Christopher Cessac, The Youngest Ocean
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Scott Coffel, The Great Blue Question Mark
Jaclyn Dwyer, Girl of the Year
Martin Edmunds, Polychrome
Johnny Horton, Dog Days
Dana Koster, Binary Stars
Michael Lavers, After Earth
Nikki Moustaki, Dreaming of Chickens
Christopher Phelps, Kinder Garden
Marsha Pomerantz, Gneiss
Saara Myrene Raappana, You Are a House, You Are a Hammer, You’re the Momentum of a Nail
Austin Segrest, Barrel Roll
Mike White, Wordless