12th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize


Judge:Gjertrud Schnackenberg

The winner of the twelfth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is Mike White’s Addendum to a Miracle.

Mr White, of Salt Lake City, Utah, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish Addendum to a Miracle, his second collection of poems, in October 2017, when he will read alongside Gjertrud Schnackenberg, the twelfth 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 Schnackenberg. Her decision was relayed to the press in the second week of February.

Our congratulations go not just to Mike White 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 big success.

More information about Mike White and the other poets who made it to the last stages of the contest, together with examples of their work, can be accessed by clicking on the links below.


Mike White, Addendum to a Miracle


(in name order)

Nicole Callihan, chigger ridge

Scott Coffel, All the Sacred Memories Intact

Cally Conan-Davies, Child at the Bay of Fires

Martin Edmunds, Polychrome

Patrick Errington, Second Hand

Miriam Flock, Fight or Flight

Heather June Gibbons, Exploded View

Megan Grumbling, Dwelling

Jennifer Keith, Truant Season

Michael Lavers, After Earth

Kat Mustatea, A Sort of Perfect Square

Marsha Pomerantz, Gneiss

Christine Robbins, Wake