BJ Ward's third book of poetry, Gravedigger's Birthday, was released in
September 2002 by North Atlantic Books (Berkeley, CA). His work has
appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as Poetry, TriQuarterly,
Natural Bridge, Puerto Del Sol, Mid-American Review, The Painted Bride
Quarterly, The New York Times, Long Shot, and a host of other publications.
His poetry has also been featured on New Jersey Network's "State of the
Arts" program. In August 2002, one of his poems ("For the Children of the
World Trade Center Victims") was cast in bronze and aquired as part of the
permanent collection at Grounds For Sculpture, an outdoor sculpture museum
in Hamilton, NJ. Mr. Ward, who graduated from Richard Stockton College in
1989 and has returned to teach as a Visiting Assistant Professor of
Literature in the fall of 2002, was named Distinguished Teaching Artist by
the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for 2000-2003, as well as Teaching
Artist of the Year by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey in 1999. He teaches
poetry at the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts and in 2002 joined
the Resident Faculty at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. In the
spring of 2003, he will serve as Visiting Lecturer in Poetry at Warren
County Community College.
He has been awarded fellowships by The New Jersey
State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and The
Alliance for Arts Education, and has twice been a resident fellow at the
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Mr. Ward, who received the
Governor's Award for Arts Education last year, earned his M.A. from
Syracuse University, where he served as University Distinguished Fellow and
University Summer Fellow.
Kathryn Pannepacker is from this area but spent some years in the late 80's
in Berkeley, CA where she apprenticed as a tapestry weaver. It was during
this time on the west coast that she self-published a collection of her
poetry, gave many readings and even once won the poetry Slamm in Chicago.
Yes, it's true her college days, earlier to that, were focused on poetry, but
"text" somehow turned to "textile". She is known more in Philadelphia as a
textile/visual artist, weaving and painting wall murals. She is interested in
art that is accessable to the public and has done little ditty weavings all
around town between fences and such. A few years back she was a featured
reader thru Poets and Prophets where she also showed slides of her visual
work. Please don't ask if she prefers to write or weave. She's bound to ask
you if you'd prefer to breath in or out?!
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