14th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize


Judge: Charles Wright

The winner of the fourteenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is Katherine Hollander’s My German Dictionary.

Ms Hollander, of Waterville, Maine, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish My German Dictionaryin the fall, when she will read alongside Charles Wright, the fourteenth 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 Wright. His decision was relayed to the press in the second week of March.

Our congratulations go not just to Katherine Hollander 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 Ms Hollander and most of the other poets who made it to the last stages of the contest, together with poems from their submissions, can be found by clicking on the links below.



Katherine Hollander, My German Dictionary



(in name order)

Danielle Blau, peep

Jacob Boyd, Ding Dong Ditch

Brian Culhane, Remembering Lethe

Benjamin Dombroski, Murmur

Meghan Dunn, Curriculum

Megan Grumbling, Dwelling

Johnny Horton, All That Seemed Clear

Marsha Pomerantz, The God’s Honest Truth

Christian Schlegel, You Can Count on Me

Anna Scotti, Bewildered by All This Broken Sky

Austin Segrest, Yellowhammer

Todd Smith, The Weather Gods

Ethan Stebbins, Talking to You

Anne-Marie Thompson, Mama Calls Me Crying

Jonathan Weinert, A Slow Green Sleep

Amie Whittemore, Glove Without Winter