Darien Library is pleased to present BJ Ward as our 2020 Poet’s Voice poet.
BJ Ward is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems 1990-2013 (North Atlantic Books), which received the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, and The Sun, among others, and have been featured on NPR’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” NJTV’s “State of the Arts,” 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. His website is bj-ward.com.
About the Poet's Voice
The Poet’s Voice – the series that has brought Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize recipients, and Poets Laureate to local public libraries – will celebrate its 43rd season in 2020, with readings at Darien Library and Greenwich Library. The series, traditionally held at Fairfield County libraries, is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund. The Manacher family of Greenwich has supported these readings since 1977 in an effort to bring notable poets to the community. The readings have included Pulitzer Prize winners Yusef Komunyakaa, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, and James Tate. Nobel Prize winners Joseph Brodsky and Derek Walcott have also appeared over the years, as have U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) Billy Collins and Connecticut Poet Laureate (2001-2006) Marilyn Nelson. Dana Gioia, a reader in the series and former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts labeled the series “a model for poetry readings.”
Join our friends at Greenwich Library on Sunday, April 5th as they welcome poet Philip Schultz as their selection for this year's Poet's Voice.
Wine and cheese reception will be held after the reading.