Professor of English & Creative Writing
B.A. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
M.A. Syracuse University
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. Recent 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 a “master teacher” whose work was “making a difference,” noting his poetry’s “music and physicality.” Recently, he was the recipient of the President’s Merit Award at the Warren County (NJ) Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.
As a teacher, Mr. Ward has received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education from the State of New Jersey and has been designated Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mr. Ward was also named Teaching Artist of the Year by Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey for his work in the New Jersey Writers Project. For three years he served as the Poetry Instructor at the New Jersey Governor’s School for the Arts. He has taught at The Controlled Burn Seminar for Younger Writers, held on the shore of Higgins Lake, Michigan, and at the Frost Place Seminar for Young Poets at Robert Frost’s homestead in Franconia, New Hampshire. He also works for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as a Visiting Poet and Tending the Spring/Clearing the Fountain Group Leader. He is the recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award at Warren County Community College, where he works throughout the year as a Professor of English & Creative Writing. In 2019, he taught in the Creative Writing program at Lafayette College as a part-time instructor. In August 2020, he will serve as a guest lecturer in DeSales University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. His website is bj-ward.com.
Warren County Community College offers students the option of earning an Associate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the first and only degree of its kind in New Jersey, and a member program of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). For more information about the A.F.A. in Creative Writing, please visit http://www.warren.edu/programs-of-study/ or call 908-835-WCCC (9222).