Anthony Hecht Prize

Sir Andrew Motion & Christopher Cessac

Monday, November 05, 2018, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre

The Waywiser Press annually awards The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for a collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. The award includes publication and a $3,000 prize. Prize judge Sir Andrew Motion is the author of several poetry collections, including Coming in to Land: Selected Poems 1975-2015, The Customs House, and Public Property. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984 and knighted in 1999, Motion has served as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. 

Christopher Cessac is the winner of the 13th Hecht Poetry Prize with his book The Youngest Ocean. His other collections include Republic Sublime, which won the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook Eros Among the Americans.

Introduction and conversation moderated by Waywiser Press editor-in-chief Phillip Hoy.

Co-sponsored with The Waywiser Press.


From Poetics in the Suburban:

Parked. Idling. Oblivious to the weather
or whether the crops are in, what the factories

are paying, when the troops are returning. Aristotle
would understand. These moments are hard won

and fragile. A little selfish space to dwell
on the precious—iambs (a life?), the introduction

of scenery (this parking lot?), the difference
between Comedy and Tragedy…

Christopher Cessac, “Poetics in the Suburban” from The Youngest Ocean. Copyright © 2017 by Christopher Cessac. Reprinted by permission of The Waywiser Press.

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.