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.




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 Caruso 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