The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

With Alice Fulton and James D'Agostino

Wednesday, March 01, 2023, 7:30 pm
Virtual Reading
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The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht. It is awarded annually by The Waywiser Press to a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. The award includes publication of the poet's next work alongside a $3,000 prize.

The winner of the 17th Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is James D'Agostino for his collection The Goldfinch Caution Tapes. D'Agostino has also authored a previous collection, Nude With Anything, and three chapbooks which won prizes from Diagram/New Michigan, CutBank Books, and Wells College Press. He teaches in the BFA Program in Creative Writing at Truman State University.

Hecht Prize judge Alice Fulton has authored several poetry collections. Their latest is Coloratura On A Silence Found In Many Expressive Systems, published in 2022.  Her book Felt received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. She also has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature as well as fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the NEA, and Guggenheim Foundation. She is the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English Emerita at Cornell University.



Excerpt from “Last Search” by James D'Agostino

of mine you’ll find antidote
and the one before that
anecdote. And before that’s
asymptote, but we’re getting
less and less ahead of
Ourselves. . . 

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