BJ Ward | Warren County Community College

BJ Ward

Professor of English
(908) 835-2531

Biographical Profile

B.A. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
M.A. Syracuse University


BJ Ward is the author of Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013, released in September 2013 as part of the IO Poetry Series. His other books are Gravedigger’s Birthday (a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize), 17 Love Poems with No Despair and Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands. All are published by North Atlantic Books (Berkeley, CA) and distributed by Random House.

Professor Ward’s poetry has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” New Jersey Network’s “State of the Arts,” and the web site Poetry Daily, as well as in publications such as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times, TriQuarterly, Green Mountains Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Puerto Del Sol, Mid-American Review, Controlled Burn, The Sun, 5 A.M., The Literary Review, The Normal School, and dozens of other journals. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for Poetry and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. One of his poems (“For the Children of the World Trade Center Victims”) has been cast in bronze and acquired as part of the permanent collection at Grounds for Sculpture, an outdoor sculpture museum in Hamilton, New Jersey. In 2011, The Star-Ledger named Ward one of the “10 Dynamic Jersey Artists Not Named Springsteen” who are “making a difference,” citing his poetry’s “music and physicality.”

His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Inside Jersey, The Worcester Review, and Teaching Artist Journal, as well as on the American Library Association’s main library advocacy web site ( during National Library Week.

As a teacher, Ward has received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education from the State of New Jersey and was named Teaching Artist of the Year by Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey for his work in the New Jersey Writers Project. He is the recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award here at Warren County Community College.


Program of Study

A.F.A. in Creative Writing

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 or call 908-835-WCCC (9222).


Warren County Community College
475 Route 57 West
Washington NJ 07882
(908) 835-WCCC (9222)