4th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Alan Shapiro
The winner of the fourth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize was Carrie Jerrell’s After the Revival.
Ms Jerrell, of Lubbock, Texas, USA, will receive a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish After the Revival – her first collection – in the fall of 2009.
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 2008 judge, Alan Shapiro. Waywiser’s Senior American Editor Joe Harrison rang Ms Jerrell with Mr Shapiro’s decision in the middle of March.
Our congratulations go not just to Ms Jerrell 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 2008 contest has been another resounding success.
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-finals. If you would like to read poems by the people who made it that far in the 2008 competition, please click on the relevant name and title below. Each poet has a page featuring two of the poems from their manuscript and these are followed by brief biographical notes and publication acknowledgements.
(in name order)
Bruce Berger, Snake Oil
Kimberley Burwick, The Norway Tree
Jennifer Fumiko Cahill, The Fox Bride
Andrew Cox, The Equation That Explains Everything
Anthony Deaton, Voice, Compass, Clay
Molly Fisk, The More Difficult Beauty
Melissa Ginsburg, Dear Weather Ghost
Martha Greenwald, Other Prohibited Items
Jaimee Hills, Symbolophobia
Elizabeth Klise von Zerneck, The Museum of Like and As
Michael Lee Phillips, The Man in the Barrel
Kyle McCord, Galley of the Beloved in Torment
Derek Mong, The Nearest Thing to Heaven in the Lower 48
Sierra Nelson, Sail Out for Somewhere, Bitter Salt
Alison Powell, I Am Your Tin Ship
Bobby C. Rogers, Newground
William Winfield Wright, Poems About Naked