Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing and Department of English promise a lively beginning to the spring visiting writers’ series with a reading from poet BJ Ward on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Lane University Center 142.
With poems such as “Upon Hearing that Baseball is Boring to America’s Youth,” “Sex with Emily Dickinson” and “Roy Orbison’s Last Three Notes,” Ward’s work ranges from pop culture spins to meditations on morality, music and myth. His poems have earned him high praise from many reviewers, including from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn, who said, "In poems that both honor and transcend his blue collar roots, BJ Ward blends poignancy and humor with downright good storytelling and takes his place among the bright up-and-coming voices of his generation."
Ward’s most recent book of poetry, "Gravedigger’s Birthday," was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. His two earlier volumes are "17 Love Poems with No Despair" and "Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands."
The recipient of a 2003 Pushcart Prize for Poetry and a 2003 Distinguished Artist Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Ward has been featured on National Public Radio's "The Writer's Almanac," the New Jersey Network's "State of the Arts," and Poetry Daily, as well as in publications such as "TriQuarterly," "Poetry," "Painted Bride Quarterly," "Puerto Del Sol," "Mid-American Review," "Long Shot," "Natural Bridge," "Kimera," "Poet Lore," "The Sun," "The Hiram Poetry Review," The New York Times, "Spitball," "The Paterson Literary Review," "LIPS" and a host of other journals. In 2002, one of his poems ("For the Children of the World Trade Center Victims") was cast in bronze and acquired as part of the permanent collection at Grounds for Sculpture, an outdoor sculpture museum in Hamilton, N.J. He teaches at Warren County Community College in northern New Jersey.
Ward’s reading will be followed by a reception, sponsored by the Office of Student and Community Involvement, and a book signing. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4024.
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