2nd Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Mary Jo Salter
The winner of the second Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize was Erica Dawson’s Big-Eyed Afraid.
Ms Dawson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, received a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish Big-Eyed Afraid – her first collection – on November 11th 2007, when the book will be launched at Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Washington DC.
There were more than 450 entries for the 2006 contest – a 25% increase on 2005 – and it took the press’s screening panel three months of careful reading, deliberation and discussion to narrow the field, first to twenty semi-finalists, and then to ten finalists. The latter (stripped of all identifying references) were then sent to the 2006 judge, Mary Jo Salter, who rang Ms Dawson with her decision on April 20th.
Our congratulations go not just to Ms Dawson and to those whose manuscripts reached the later stages of the contest – the finalists and semi-finalists are listed below – but to everyone else who entered. It is thanks to everyone who participated that the 2006 contest has been another resounding success.
If you would like to read two poems from each of the manuscripts which made it as far as the semi-finals, together with biographical notes on their authors, please click on the links below.
It is the press’s hope, after the contest has been running for a while, to publish an anthology of poems by all of the contestants who have made it as far as the semi’s.
(in name order)
Craig Arnold , Made Flesh
Bruce Berger, Snake Oil
Peter Bethanis, Make the World Marvelous
Scott Coffel, Mild Worlds Elsewhere
K. E. Duffin, Spolia
Gregory Crosby, The Court of Erros
Daniel Groves, The Lost Boys
Jamey Hecht, Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film
Holly Karapetkova, Deserts at Night
Aseem Kaul, Piano Burning
Jim Klein , I Didn’t Know if I Was Afoot or on Horseback
Julie Larios, A Quiet Day in the Arm and Leg Shop
Teresa Leo,The Halo Rule
Barbara Louise Ungar, Origin of the Milky Way
Jon Wilkins, Transistor Rodeo
Lisa Williams, Woman Reading to the Sea