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The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize Reading

Co-sponsored with Waywiser Press

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Dates Wed, Mar 1, 2023, 7:30pm

Tickets $5-$15

Duration 60 minutes

This virtual event begins at 7:30pm ET.

Each year Waywiser Press works with a judge to select a poet for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, named after the Pulitzer-prize winning poet. The winning poet reads alongside the judge. This year’s judge is Alice Fulton and James D’Agostino is the 17th winner of the  Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize winner in this virtual reading.

Are you new to writing? Are you interested in getting your manuscript published? Attend this reading and find out more about this established prize. Past winners include Shelley Puhak, Erica Dawson, Austin Allen, and more. Previous judges include Charles Simic, Eavan Boland, Sir Andrew Motion, Charles Wright, Vijay Seshadri, among others. Before submitting a manuscript to a prize, the common wisdom is to get to know the prize, to understand who has won and what better opportunity than to attend this virtual reading. Learn more about Waywiser Press and the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize- attend this reading!   

James D’Agostino’s collection The Goldfinch Caution Tapes is the winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. He has 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. 

Alice Fulton’s latest poetry collection is Coloratura On A Silence Found In Many Expressive Systems.  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. 


The Waywiser Press is a small independent company, with its main office in the UK, and a subsidiary in the USA. It was founded in late 2001, and started publishing in 2002.

Waywiser is a literary press, first and foremost, with a special interest in modern poetry and fiction. From time to time, however, we also issue books belonging to other literary genres – e.g. memoir, criticism, history.

We are keen to promote the work of new as well as established authors, and would like to rescue still others from undeserved neglect.

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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