The 2019 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

Charles Wright and Katherine Hollander

Monday, November 04, 2019, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre

In honor of the celebrated poet Anthony Hecht, The Waywiser Press presents this annual award to a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse.

Prize judge Charles Wright has authored several poetry collections including Country Music: Selected Early Poems (National Book Award) and Black Zodiac (Pulitzer Prize). Among his many awards and honors, he is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and US Poet Laureate.

Poet and historian Katherine Hollander is the winner of the 14th Hecht Poetry Prize with her book My German Dictionary. She is formerly a Faculty Fellow in modern European history at Colby College and a guest reader for Sugar House Review.

From The Widow

Where has he gone,
who moved through me like a river.
Has he broken into a cloud of birds?
A busted fruit, a skein of red pulp?

Katherine Hollander, “The Widow” from My German Dictionary. Copyright © 2019 by Katherine Hollander. Reprinted by permission of The Waywiser Press.