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Poet B.J. Ward to Give Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop at Centenary College

02/24/2014, 09:39 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Warren County’s own B.J. Ward will be giving a poetry reading at 5 p.m. March 13, 2014, in the Front Parlours of the Edward W. Seay Administration Building.  This event is part of the Centenary Reading Series and is funded in part by the Warren County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  It is free and open to the public.

Ward’s poetry reading will be followed by a small reception and book signing, where Ward’s new book, “Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems, 1990-2013,” will be available for purchase.  Following the book signing, at 6 p.m., Ward will be running a community writing workshop in the Front Parlours.  Space is limited for this opportunity.  To pre-register, please e-mail Professor Jared Harel at harelj@centenarycollege.edu or Dr. Chris Adamo at adamoc@centenarycollege.edu

“Jacklog Opera: Collected Poems, 1990-2013” was released in September by North Atlantic Books as part of the IO Poetry Series.  Ward’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in “Poetry,” “The American Poetry Review,” “TriQuarterly,” “The Normal School,” “Painted Bride Quarterly” and “The New York Times,” as well as on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” New Jersey Network, and the website “Poetry Daily.” A recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two Poetry Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, he teaches in the Creative Writing program at Warren County Community College. 

“The Star-Ledger” named Ward one of the “Ten Dynamic Jersey Artists Not Named Springsteen” who are “making a difference,” citing his poetry’s “music and physicality.”

“It is a pleasure to work with B.J. Ward and have members of our community and beyond learn from his writing expertise,” says Dr. Adamo, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department.  “The event will prove to be dynamic and will engage participants.”

The next Centenary Reading Series event will take place at 4:30 p.m. April 8, 2014.  It will be Centenary’s “Prism” literary magazine launch featuring poet Peter Kline.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.