Kim Bridgford

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Kim Bridgford
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Born 1959
Occupation professor, editor, poet, fiction writer, critic
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Iowa (B.A. and M.F.A.)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D.)
Literary movement New Formalism
Notable awards

Donald Justice Poetry Prize, 2007.

Connecticut Professor of the Year, 1994.
Spouse Peter Duval
Children Nick Duval

Kim Bridgford is an award-winning poet, editor, college professor, fiction writer, and critic. In her poetry, she writes primarily in traditional forms, of which the sonnet is her form of choice.[1] She is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center.

As editor-in-chief at Mezzo Cammin, a journal of poetry by women, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project,[2] which is designed to become the world's largest database of women poets.[3][4] She also edited Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.


Kim Bridgford was born in 1959. She grew up in Coal Valley, Illinois.[5]

She received both her bachelor's degree and master's in fine arts from the University of Iowa. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.[6]

Bridgford joined the faculty of Fairfield University in Connecticut in 1989.[7]

In 1994, she moved to Wallingford, Connecticut with her husband Peter Duval, also an award-winning author of fiction and who later became a professor at Fairfield University as well.[8] In 1996, their son, Nick, was born.

In August 2010, she became the current director of the West Chester University Poetry Center in Pennsylvania,[9] moving to the state with her family. She had been a professor of English at Fairfield University for 21 years.


In 1994, Bridgford was named Connecticut Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[5] In 1999, she obtained a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bridgford was the 2007 Touring Poet for the Connecticut Poetry Circuit.[10] That year, her book Undone received the 2007 Donald Justice Poetry Award.[7]

She is also the recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.[11]


Bridgford has written three books of poetry:

  • Undone (Wordtech Communications, April 2003))
  • Instead of Maps (Wordtech Communications, May 1, 2005), nominated for the Poets' Prize
  • In the Extreme: Sonnets about World Records (Contemporary Poetry Review Press; First edition, June 5, 2007), winner of Donald Justice Poetry Prize

In addition, Bridgford's poetry has appeared in The North American Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Iowa Review.[12]

While best known as a poet, she also writes fiction, which have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Redbook.[5]

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