16th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Vijay Seshadri
The winner of the sixteenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is Danielle Blau’s peep.
Ms Blau, of Ridgewood, New York will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish peep in the spring of 2022, when she will read alongside Vijay Seshadri, the sixteenth 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 of 400 submissions to the group of finalists which, stripped of all identifying reference, was then sent to Professor Seshadri. His decision was relayed to the press in the last week of March.
Our congratulations go not just to Danielle Blau 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.
Please click on the linked headings below if you wish to read poems by, and biographical notes about, the poets who reached the latter stages of this contest.
(in name order)
Derek Gromadzki, Horology
Sophie Klahr, Two Open Doors in a Field
Christian Schlegel, Friend-Poems