The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is awarded annually by Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry book. It includes publication with a $3,000 prize. Chris Andrews is the 2011 recipient. He will be joined by prize judge Mark Strand for this paired reading. Reception and book signing to follow.

Introduction by Philip Hoy, editor-in-chief of The Waywiser Press

Mark Strand’s work is at times surreal and at times poignantly focused. A former Poet Laureate and former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, he is recognized as one of America’s premier poets. Strand authored numerous collections of poetry, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Blizzard of One, Man and Camel, Dark Harbor, The Story of Our Lives, and Reasons for Moving. He also published several books of prose, three children’s books, and various editions and translations. Among his numerous prizes and awards are the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He currently teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Chris Andrews received the 2011 Hecht Poetry Prize for his second collection of poems, Lime Green Chair. His first collection, Cut Lunch, won the Anne Elder and Wesley Michel Wright prizes. In addition, he has garnered several awards for his literary translations, which include César Aira's Varamo. An honored linguist, he is also the Australian correspondent for the French-English Poetry Festival. He presently holds a position at the Writing and Society Research Centre at University of Western Sydney.

Strand is “one of our most deeply enjoyable poets.” Publishers Weekly on Blizzard of One

from The Mist Lifts

So this is how the mist lifts in a city
that some gifted children consider the pits
while others at the cutting edge of retro
throw a pinch of wishbone ash into the mix;
it lifts like this off a mirror-still river
where, as it is everywhere, cruelty is
unmistakable as a triangle, but
midwinter's riddled with brilliant days like this.

From Lime Green Chair © 2011 by Chris Andrews, published by Waywiser Press. Used with permission.