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Poetry Reading to Feature BJ Ward April 16

March 19, 2014

In honor of National Poetry Month, Atlantic Cape Community College will host poet BJ Ward for a reading at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in Cafeteria B, Building C, at the Mays Landing Campus. The event is free.

Ward grew up in New Jersey and earned a bachelor of arts at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a master of arts at Syracuse University. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013, Gravedigger’s Birthday (2002), a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist; 17 Love Poems with No Despair (1997); and Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands (1994).

His poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program The Writer’s Almanac, and he has received fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Artist/Teacher Institute, as well as a Pushcart Prize. He has taught at the Frost Place Seminar for Young Poets, the New Jersey Governor’s School for the Arts, and Warren County Community College.

For more information, contact Elinor Mattern, assistant professor of English, at