Kim Bridgford is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference. As editor of Mezzo Cammin, she was the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in 2010. She is the author of six books of poetry: Undone (David Robert Books), Instead of Maps (David Robert Books), In the Extreme: Sonnets about World Records (Story Line Press), Take-Out (David Robert Books), Hitchcock’s Coffin: Sonnets about Classic Films (David Robert Books), and Bully Pulpit (White Violet Press).
Bridgford has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1999- 2000) and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (2003), as well as the Robert E. Wall Award at Fairfield University, given to one faculty member per year for extraordinary research (2007). Her work has appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, four times on Verse Daily, and has been honored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. She has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Connecticut Post, the website of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in various headline news outlets.
She wrote the introduction to Russell Goings’ The Children of Children Keep Coming, an epic griot song, and joined Goings in ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange when the book was released, a week before the Obama Inauguration.
Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/White Violet Press (September 24, 2012)