The Journal of New Jersey Poets
has announced it will be awarding its fourth annual New Jersey Poets Prize to Edwin Romond for his poem “Champion.”
The publication, headquartered at County College of Morris (CCM), will be presenting the award on Monday, May 6, in the Student Community Center Davidson Rooms at CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. The program will begin with a poetry reading at 7 p.m. followed by a reception.
Romond, a native of Woodbridge and now a resident of Wind Gap, PA, spent 32 years as an English educator in high schools both in New Jersey and Wisconsin. He has published two books, Alone With Love Songs
and Dream Teaching
, in addition to having his poetry included in several anthologies. His poetry is described as conveying the “beauty and frailty of the human heart and the ways in which we all stumble and rejoice” by Adele Kenny, poetry editor of The Tiferet Journal
, and “wistful and ironic, vulnerable and hopeful” by Caroline Collins of Verse Wisconsin
Romond’s work also has been featured on National Public Radio and in college texts and a number of literary and poetry journals. He has been awarded poetry fellowships from both the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and in 1993 received a prize from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Champion,” Romond’s winning poem, will debut in this year’s publication of The Journal of New Jersey Poets
. The annual CCM New Jersey Poets Prize is sponsored by The Journal of New Jersey Poets
and the CCM Foundation.