Kim Bridgford, Founder & Director

Kim Bridgford is 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 is the author of eight books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, a book of poems on bullying; Epiphanies, and the recently released Doll.

Ned Balbo

Ned Balbo's The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press) was awarded the 2010 Donald Justice Prize and the 2012 Poets' Prize. His poetry, essays, flash fictions, and translations have appeared in print or on-line at Able Muse, American Life in Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Iowa Review, Measure, Pleiades, River Styx, Shenandoah, Unsplendid, Verse Daily, Writer's Almanac, and more. A co-winner of the 2013 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, he lives in Baltimore with his wife, poet-essayist Jane Satterfield.

Anna M. Evans

Anna M. Evans is the Editor of the Raintown Review and Managing Editor of Barefoot Muse Press. She currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Richard Stockton College of NJ. Her new sonnet collection, Sisters & Courtesans, is available from White Violet Press. She blogs at

Natalie Gerber

Natalie Gerber is an Associate Professor of English, teaching courses in literature, writing, and the English language at SUNY Fredonia and is a board member of the Wallace Stevens Society, the Robert Frost Society, and Poetry by the Sea.

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, a poet and book editor, lives in New York City. Her poems have appeared in The New Criterion, Mezzo Cammin, American Arts Quarterly, The Raintown Review, Big City Lit, and Kin Poetry Journal among other publications, and she has work forthcoming in the anthology Songs for a Passbook Torch (Cherry Castle Publishing). Her book, Why We Go by Twos, is available from Barefoot Muse Press and on She co-published the poetry magazine Endymion and, more recently, was associate editor of the online poetry journal Umbrella. She ran the Sweet Singers reading series and is currently one of three poets who help schedule poetry readings for the Red Harlem Readers series in Manhattan. She is a supporter of the West Side Campaign Against Hunger and a former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism.

Poetry by the Sea would like to recognize three 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:

Tom Cable

Katharine Gilbert

Cherise Pollard