Roseanna Warren and Matthew Ladd (2010)

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In this O.B. Hardison Poetry Series event on October 19 in the Elizabethan Theatre, the 2009 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is presented to Matthew Ladd and Rosanna Warren.

Roseanna Warren and Matthew Ladd

Rosanna Warren is the author of Departure; Stained Glass, which was named the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets; Each Leaf Shines Separate; and Snow Day. She is Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor of the Humanities at Boston University.

Matthew Ladd is the 2009 Anthony Hecht Prize Winner for his collection The Book of Emblems, which will be published in the fall of 2010. His poems have appeared in such journals as the Paris Review, Yale Review, and Virginia Quarterly. He has also written criticism for the American Scholar, The Humanist, and the Threepenny Review, among other publications.


Read Warren's poem "Day Lilies."

From "Klintholm Havn"

Tonight, a man is silencing

the lamps along the harbor

one by one, with

a long steel pole.

He walks along the lip

of the sea-wall

like an anachronism.

Behind him, the waves

bare their backs

and melt into foam.

From Klintholm Havn by Matthew Ladd © 2009 by Matthew Ladd, published by Waywiser Press. Used with permission of the author.

The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize

The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is awarded annually by Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one poetry collection. It includes publication with a $3,000 prize. 2009 recipient Matthew Ladd will be joined by prize judge Rosanna Warren for this paired reading, introduced and moderated by Waywiser Press Editor-in-Chief Philip Hoy.