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Strand is “one of our most deeply enjoyable poets.” —Publishers Weekly on Blizzard of One


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 book. It includes publication with a $3,000 prize. Chris Andrews is the 2011 recipient. He will be joined by prize judge Mark Strand for this paired reading. Reception and book signing to follow.

Introduction by Philip Hoy, editor-in-chief of The Waywiser Press

Mark Strand’s work is at times surreal and at times poignantly focused. A former Poet Laureate and former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, he is recognized as one of America’s premier poets. Strand authored numerous collections of poetry, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Blizzard of One, Man and Camel, Dark Harbor, The Story of Our Lives, and Reasons for Moving. He also published several books of prose, three children’s books, and various editions and translations. Among his numerous prizes and awards are the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He currently teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Chris Andrews received the 2011 Hecht Poetry Prize for his second collection of poems, Lime Green Chair. His first collection, Cut Lunch, won the Anne Elder and Wesley Michel Wright prizes. In addition, he has garnered several awards for his literary translations, which include César Aira’s Varamo. An honored linguist, he is also the Australian correspondent for the French-English Poetry Festival. He presently holds a position at the Writing and Society Research Centre at University of Western Sydney.



About the Ticket Supplier: Folger Theatre

Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts.

The Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre, modeled after the innyard theatres popular in Shakespeare’s day, hosts more than 40,000 audience members each year. It presents a full calendar of performances and programs, from the Helen Hayes Award-winning Folger Theatre productions and Folger Poetry readings to early music concerts by the Folger Consort and family activitie.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.