6th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: James Fenton
The winner of the sixth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize was Mark Kraushaar’s The Uncertainty Principle.
Mr Kraushaar, of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, USA, has received a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish The Uncertainty Principle on 8 November 2011. The book will be launched at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.
It took the press’s screening panel three 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 the 2010 judge, James Fenton. Waywiser’s Senior American Editor, Joseph Harrison, rang Mr Kraushaar with Mr Fenton’s decision in the first week of May.
Our congratulations go not just to Mr Kraushaar 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 2010 contest has been another resounding success.
At the same time as we publish The Uncertainty Principle, Waywiser will be publishing an anthology of poems by some of the contestants who have made it as far as the semi-finals in the first five years of the Hecht Prize. If you would like to read poems by the people who made it that far in the 2010 competition, please click on the relevant name and title below. Most of the poets have a page featuring two of the poems from their manuscript and these are followed by brief biographical notes and publication acknowledgements.
(in name order)
Michelle Bonczek, Through the Skin of This World
Daniel Bosch, Death’s Doorman
Steven Brown, Bone Shine
Katy Didden, Avalanche
Amy Greacen, A Modern Herbal
Karen Holmberg, Axis Mundi
Lesley Jenike, Genius of the Place
Andrew McCord, Dawn out from Night
Patrick Moran, Dopplegangster
Sierra Nelson, The Lachrymose Report
Kathy Nilsson, The Infant Scholar
Jessica Piazza, Interrobang
Aaron Poochigian, The Cosmic Purr
Alison Powell, On the Desire to Levitate
Kathleen Rooney, Robinson Alone Provides the Image
Don Schofield, Before Kodachrome
Ravi Shankar, The New Transcendence
Eric Smith, Black Hole Factory
Jane Springer, Murder Ballad
Jamie Joel Thomas , Etch and Blur
Mike White, How to Make a Bird with Two Hands