Gjertrud Schnackenberg & Mike White: Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

Monday, November 06, 2017, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre

Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is awarded annually by The Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. The award includes publication with a $3,000 prize.

Prize judge Gjertrud Schnackenberg is the author of six poetry collections, including the book-length poem The Throne of Labdacus, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Heavenly Questions, winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Schnackenberg’s many awards include the Rome Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mike White’s first book, How to Make a Bird with Two Hands, was awarded the Washington Prize in 2012. His poems have been nominated on six occasions for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in numerous journals. His book Addendum to a Miracle is the winner of the 12th Hecht Poetry Prize.

Addendum to a Miracle

And then, after
asking for silence, and
for silence please, and
for silence way in the back please,

he made of the many fishes
(churning silver
in the brimful baskets)

just one
irrefutable fish, size
of a single loaf of bread,

and the mouths of the multitude
watered, and
the gills of the dying fish
fanned the poison air.

From Addendum to a Miracle by Mike White © 2017, published by The Waywiser Press. Used with permission.