BJ Wards most recent book of poetry, Gravediggers 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. All three volumes are published by North Atlantic Books (Berkeley, CA).Mr. Wards poetry has been featured on Poetry Daily, National Public Radios The Writers Almanac, and New Jersey Networks State of the Arts, as well as in publications such as The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry, TriQuarterly, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Sun, and a host of other journals.
His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Worcester Review, and Teaching Artist Journal. He is the recipient of two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts. 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, New Jersey.
He lives with his wife and son in Changewater, NJ, and teaches in the Creative Writing program at Warren County Community College.