7th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Mark Strand
The winner of the seventh Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize was Chris Andrews’s Lime Green Chair.
Mr Andrews, of Dulwich Hill, New South Wales, Australia, received a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser will publish Lime Green Chair – his second collection of poems – on 19 November 2012, when Mr Andrews will read alongside the 2011 judge at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
It took the press’s screening panel two 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 2011 judge, Mark Strand. Waywiser’s Senior American Editor, Joe Harrison, rang Mr Andrews with Mr Strand’s decision in April.
Our congratulations go not just to Chris Andrews 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 2011 contest has been another resounding success.
(in name order)
Andrea Carter Brown, True Confessions of a Foot Fetishist
Lesley Dauer, Carnival Life
Anthony Deaton, Voice, Compass, Clay
Katy Didden, Avalanche
Joseph Fasano, Fugue for Other Hands
Ezra Feldman, The Body as One
Alex Gang, The Speaker of These Poems is Alex Gang
Ani Gjika, Bread on Running Waters
Amy Greacen, A Modern Herbal
Carrie Green, Double Brilliance
John Hennessy, Icons in the Church of Unrest
Lesley Jenike, Genius of the Place
Youna Kwak, The Physical Heart
David Livewell, Shackamaxon
Philip Morre, Suburban Perseids
Alison Powell, On The Desire to Levitate
Bill Rasmovicz, Gross Ardor
Phillip Sterling, Some Play of Light
John Wedgwood Clarke, Ghost Pot
John Whalen, Home for the Reenactment
Philip White, Fire Chorus
Ivan Young, Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain