Poetry Prize

19th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize


Julia Thacker, All the Flowers Are for Me



(in name order)

Emily Banks, Doll Fire

Katie Chaple, How Clearly You Can See Some Nights

Christopher Childers, Bitters

Will Cordeiro, Self-Guided Tours Through Intemperate Weather

Jalen Eutsey, Bubble Gum Stadium

Kerry James Evans, Arachne’s Tapestry

Sara Femenella, Elegies for One Small Future

David Gorin, A Pale Green Star

Miriam Flock, Fight or Flight

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei, The Exquisite Distance

Sophie Grimes, The Shape of Time

Eva Mary Hooker, Portion

Angelo Mao,  A White Horse Is Not a Horse

Forester McClatchey, The Tedium of Miracles

Susan Parr, Devera

Andrea Ballou Read, Family Business

Nicholas Reading, Silent Reel

Daniel Saalfeld, Sweet Teeth

Julia Shipley, Inside an Animal

Anne-Marie Thompson, Is

Dillon Tracy, The New New Normal

LaWanda Walters, Seedy Lake

Jane Zwart, Small Craft


Hannah Louise Poston

Hannah Louise Poston, whose Julia Hungry was awarded the eighteenth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize by the judge of that year’s contest, Linda Gregerson, is a poet, essayist, and online content creator whose writing has appeared in several places, including Poetry Daily, Longreads, and The New York Times. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which she attended as the Thomas Wolfe Scholar in Creative Writing. Hannah has taught poetry and writing as the Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School, at The Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts, and at the University of Michigan, and she has taught Argentine tango in studios all over the country. For work she reviews makeup on YouTube and writes grants for climate activists. She is from the mountains of North Carolina and she currently lives in Maryland.

18th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize


Hannah Louise Poston, Julia Hungry



(in name order)

Katie Chaple, How clearly you can see some nights

Kerry James Evans, Arachne’s Tapestry

Michael Fulop, The Long Blue Evenings of Summer

Eva Hooker, Portion

Justin Jannise, Twin Envy

Peter Krumbach, Me Not Me

Kevin McFadden, Wicked Bible

Susan Parr, Devera

Candice Reffe, God Flattery

David Semanki, Ghost Camera

Julia Shipley, Inside an Animal

Sandy Solomon, Catch

Julia Thacker, The Winter Comb

D. H. Tracy, The New New Normal

Heather Treseler, Auguries and Divinations

Craig Van Rooyen, Remnant