3rd Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize


Judge: Richard Wilbur

The winner of the third Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize was Rose Kelleher’s Bundle o’ Tinder.

Ms Kelleher, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish Bundle o’ Tinder – her first collection – in the fall of 2008.

It took the press’s screening panel two 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 2007 judge, Richard Wilbur. Joe Harrison rang Ms Kelleher with Mr Wilbur’s decision in March.

Our congratulations go not just to Ms Kelleher 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 2007 contest has been another resounding success.

If you would like to read poems from some 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.


Rose Kelleher , Bundle o’ Tinder


(in name order)

Bruce Berger, Snake Oil

Kimberley Burwick, The Norway Tree

Michaela Carter, Beauty for Ashes

Scott Coffel, Toucans in the Arctic

Kathryn Cowles, Eleanor, Eleanor, Not Your Real Name

Molly Fisk, The More Difficult Beauty

Jessica Greenbaum, Cover Songs of the Alphabet

Nick Lantz, Asymptote

Anthony Lacavaro, No More Magic Town

Dora Malech, Shore Ordered Ocean

Melissa Monroe, Frame Your Mark

Alison Powell, I Am Your Tin Ship

Margaret Rabb, Shoulderable Shine

Roy Seeger, The Boy Whose Hands Were Birds

Bradford Gray Telford, Perfect Hurt

Matthew Thorburn, Like Luck

Rhett Iseman Trull, From the Glass Cage

Ian Williams, You Know Who You Are

George Witte, Deniability