8th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Judge: Charles Simic
The winner of the eighth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize was Shelley Puhak’s Guinevere in Baltimore.
Ms Puhak, of Catonsville, Maryland, received a cheque for $3,000 and Waywiser published Guinevere in Baltimore, which is her second collection of poems, on 18 November 2013, when Ms Puhak read alongside Charles Simic, the 2012 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 2012 judge. Waywiser’s Senior American Editor, Joe Harrison, rang Ms Puhak with Mr Simic’s decision in mid-April.
Our congratulations go not just to Shelley Puhak 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 2012 contest has been another resounding success.
(in name order)
Kevin Barents, Bearings
Paul Beilstein, Reservoir
Anthony Deaton, Voice, Compass, Clay
Claudia Gary, Your Love Was Weightless, Breathless
Heather June Gibbons, Red-Handed
Amy Greacen, A Modern Herbal
Carrie Green, Double Brilliance
Paul Martin, River Scar
Gary McDowell, Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None
Nadine Sabra Meyer, Shadow Box
John Paul O’Connor, Half the Truth
Alison Powell, On The Desire to Levitate
Michael Rutherglen, At the Later Library of Babel
Ron Salisbury, There’s snow in heaven
Miriam Schulman, Fight or Flight
Richard Sewell, A Stream of Voices
Phillip Sterling, Some Play of Light
Bob Watts,The Tendency of Bodies to Remain at Rest
Philip White, Among Other Things
Maya Jewell Zeller, Mappable in the Dark