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.

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

Nicole Caruso Garcia

Nicole Caruso Garcia is the Assistant Poetry Editor of Able Muse. Her poetry is forthcoming in Mezzo Cammin, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, and Modern Haiku, with previous work in Measure, Light, The Rotary Dial, The Orchards, The Raintown Review, Antiphon, and elsewhere. A past recipient of the Willow Review Award, she is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute at Fairfield University. She resides in Connecticut, where she has taught at Trumbull High School since 2003.

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 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