Advisory Board

Kim Bridgford, Founder & Director (1959-2020)

We remember with deep love and admiration our Founder and original Director, Kim Bridgford. She was the former Director of the West Chester Poetry Conference, the editor of Mezzo Cammin and founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project. Bridgford was the author of many books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, a book of poems on bullying; Epiphanies, Doll, and the recently released A Crown for Ted and Sylvia.


Meredith Bergmann is a sculptor. Her public monuments can be seen in Boston and New York. Her publications include Barrow Street, Contemporary Poetry Review, Hopkins Review, Hudson Review, Light, Mezzo Cammin, New Criterion, Raintown Review, Tri Quarterly Review and the anthologies Hot Sonnets, Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle, and Alongside We Travel: Contemporary Poets on Autism. She was poetry editor of American Arts Quarterly from 2006-2017. Her chapbook A Special Education was published in 2014 by EXOT Books. Her website is

Anna M. Evans

Anna M. Evans gained her MFA from Bennington College and has received Fellowships from the MacDowell Artists’ Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Rowan College at Burlington County. Her collection, Under Dark Waters: Surviving the Titanic, is available from Able Muse Press, and her sonnet collection, Sisters & Courtesans, is available from White Violet Press. Her website is

Nicole Caruso Garcia

Nicole Caruso Garcia is Assistant Poetry Editor of Able Muse. Her work appears in Atticus Review, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Frogpond, Italian Americana, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, Modern Haiku, The OrchardsPANK, Plume, The Raintown Review, Rattle, RHINO, and elsewhere. A past winner of the Willow Review Award, she resides in Connecticut, where she taught at Trumbull High School for 15 years. Connect with her at

Russell Goings

Russell Goings, founder of Essence, was the first black chairman of the Studio Museum of Harlem and the confidante of Romare Bearden. In addition to playing professional football, he has held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and is a member of the Wall Street Hall of Fame. His epic poem The Children of Children Keep Coming has sold over twenty thousand copies.

Linda Stern

Linda Stern co-published the poetry magazine Endymion and, more recently, was associate editor of the online poetry journal Umbrella. She is the author of Why We Go by Twos, a book of poems from Barefoot Muse Press. She co-hosts a reading series in Manhattan, where she lives and works.

Poetry by the Sea would like to recognize five former Board Members who have now moved on to other projects. Thank you for helping to make the first three years of the conference possible:

Ned Balbo

Tom Cable

Natalie Gerber

Katharine Gilbert

Cherise Pollard