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Poetry Series in Fanwood Will Host a Reading by B.J. Ward on Tuesday, May 20

Tom Plante

Friday, May 2, 2014 • 12:31pm

Fanwood Poetry Series Hosts a Reading by B.J. Ward on Tuesday, May 20

FANWOOD, NJ – The Carriage House Poetry Series invites the public to attend a poetry reading by B. J. Ward on Tuesday, May 20. The free performance will begin promptly at 8 p.m. in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on Watson Road, off North Martine Avenue, adjacent to Fanwood Borough Hall (GPS use 75 N. Martine Avenue).

B.J. Ward is the author of “Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013” (IO Poetry Series/North Atlantic Books). 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.” He has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” the New Jersey Network’s “State of the Arts,” and the web site “Poetry Daily,” as well as in numerous journals and anthologies.

The Star-Ledger recently named Mr. Ward one of the “10 Dynamic Jersey Artists Not Named Springsteen” who are “making a difference,” citing his poetry’s “music and physicality.” He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for Poetry and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. B.J. also has been awarded four fellowships from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to live and work at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. While in graduate school at Syracuse University, where he earned his M.A. in English/Creative Writing, he served as University Distinguished Fellow.

Mr. Ward has received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education from the State of New Jersey and has been designated a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He 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 one of the poetry instructors at the New Jersey Governor’s School for the Arts. He also taught at The Controlled Burn Seminar for Younger Writers and at the Frost Place Seminar for Young Poets, held at Robert Frost’s homestead in Franconia, New Hampshire. Mr. Ward is the recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award at Warren County Community College, where he teaches in the Creative Writing program.

The Carriage House Poetry Series is currently in its sixteenth year at the Kuran Arts Center, an historic Gothic Revival structure that was once a 19th century carriage house, hence the name of the series. The May 20th reading is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the featured performance. For more information call 908-889-7223 or 908-889-5298. For online directions and information, visit http://carriagehousepoetryseries.blogspot.com/.

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