15th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Ed Hirsch
The winner of the fifteenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is James Davis’s Club Q.
Mr Davis, of Denver, Colorado, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish Club Q in the fall, when he will read alongside Ed Hirsch, the fifteenth contest’s judge, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
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 Hirsch. His decision was relayed to the press in the third week of March.
Our congratulations go not just to James Davis 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 Mr Davis and the other poets who made it to the last stages of the contest, together with poems from their submissions, will be made available here in the coming days.
James Davis, Club Q
(in name order)
Mirande Bissell, Stalin at the Opera
Danielle Blau, Peep
Jacob Boyd, Ding Dong Ditch
Brian Culhane, Remembering Lethe
Miriam Flock, Words for Love
Nicole Garcia, Oxblood
Melissa Ginsburg, Doll Apollo
Derek Gromadzki, Horology
Johnny Horton, Sea Changes
Justin Jannise, How To Be Better By Being Worse
Jennifer Keith, Terminarch
Sophie Klahr, Two Open Doors in a Field
Susan Parr, Devera
Marsha Pomerantz, Ravel and Cleave
Anna Scotti, Bewildered by All This Broken Sky
Anne-Marie Thompson, Mama Calls Me Crying