BJ Ward


Warren County Community College, Dept. of English 475 Route 57 West
Washington, NJ 07882
(908) 835-2531

Author's Bio

BJ Ward is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013 (North Atlantic Books), which received the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, and The Sun, among others, and have been featured on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” NJTV’s “State of the Arts,” and the website Poetry Daily. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 2018 appearances included The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, University of Delaware, Rutgers (New Brunswick) Writers’ Conference, Monmouth University’s Bruce Springsteen Symposium, Lewes Writers’ Conference, the Princeton Public Library, and The Stanhope House. In a piece entitled “10 Dynamic Jersey Artists Not Named Springsteen,” The Star-Ledger cited Ward as “making a difference,” noting his poetry’s “music and physicality.” 

Publications & Prizes

The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary (Jersey Shore Publications, 2006)
In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005)
Voices from the Frost Place, Volume 2 (CavanKerry Press, 2004)
I Have My Own Song For It: Modern Poems of Ohio (University of Akron Press, 2002)
Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990 to 2013 (North Atlantic Books, 2013)
Gravedigger's Birthday (North Atlantic Books, 2002)
17 Love Poems with No Despair (North Atlantic Books, 1997)
Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands (North Atlantic Books, 1994)
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Edison Literary Review
Journal of New Jersey Poets
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Puerto del Sol
Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize;

Fellowship for Individual Artists (Poetry) / NJ State Council on the Arts;

Paterson Award for Literary Excellence (for Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems, 1990 to 2013)

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Born in: 
Union, NJ
New Jersey
Raised in: 
Washington-Warren County, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: May 02, 2019