Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Charles Wright and Katherine Hollander (2019)

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The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series presented Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Charles Wright and Katherine Hollander on November 04, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.

The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht, 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. It includes publication with a $3,000 prize.

Charles Wright

Charles Wright.

Charles Wright, prize judge, 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.

Wright has read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry series four times previously, on February 22, 2010, November 13, 1997, December 9, 1991, and February 5, 1980.

Katherine Hollander

Katherine Hollander. Bekah Stout.

Katherine Hollander, a poet and historian, 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.

Reviews and excerpts

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?

From My German Dictionary. Copyright © 2019 by Katherine Hollander. Reprinted by permission of The Waywiser Press.