Massachusetts Review Awards Halley Poetry Prize to Philip Metres, Who Will Give Reading March 28


AMHERST, Mass. - The editors of the Massachusetts Review have awarded this year’s Anne Halley Poetry Prize to Philip Metres for his poem "Home/Front," which appeared in the University of Massachusetts Amherst-based journal’s Casualty issue in November.

The author of several books of poetry, including "abu ghraib arias," "To See the Earth," "Instants" and "Primer for Non-Native Speakers," Metres is an associate professor of English at John Carroll University in Ohio.

Metres will read from his work on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Museum of Contemporary Art in the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst. A broadside of his winning poem and copies of the issue in which it appears will be available.

Poetry editor of the Massachusetts Review for 25 years, Anne Halley had a long association with the UMass Amherst English department and was the author of three volumes of verse and many prize-winning stories.

The prize and the reading are sponsored by the Massachusetts Review and the family and friends of Anne Halley.