BJ Ward is the author of four books published by North Atlantic, most recently Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems, 1990 to 2013, which received the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among others, and have been featured on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac” 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. He co-founded the creative writing degree program at Warren Community College in New Jersey, where he teaches full-time. His website is bj-ward.com.