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Reinstate Kim Bridgford as WCU Poetry Center Director

Anna Evans
Anna Evans Hainesport, New Jersey
290 Signatures Goal: 1,000

We, the undersigned, are united in our support for the former Director of the WCU Poetry Center and Conference, Dr. Kim Bridgford. During her four-year tenure, Dr. Bridgford has run a world-class Poetry Conference. She has truly been committed to bringing racial, ethnic, and gender diversity to the Conference constituencies. With an eye to President Weisenstein's Global Initiative, she has invited poets from all over the globe to read at the Center and to participate at the conference. Under her leadership, a generative connection has developed between the Poetry Center and the Arts Program that has led to several provocative installations, including the Romare Bearden Exhibit. She has provided the university community with a variety of diverse poetry-related programs, such as readings, poetry salons, and Visiting Poets including Anne Stevenson and Kay Ryan.

Dr. Bridgford has served and continues to serve her department, college, university, and community with the utmost professionalism. Her dedication to the Poetry Center and Conference's mission to further the study and appreciation of poetry is deeply admired. Her clarity of vision, her creative approach to problem solving, her interest in developing programs that are accessible and engaging to both our students and the university community is singular in its energetic focus.

Therefore, as a group, we believe that since no one in the WCU Administration can either clearly justify or plainly state why Dr. Bridgford has been reassigned from her position as Director of the Poetry Center and Conference, she should be reinstated as Director of the Center as quickly as possible. Any other action will be detrimental to the future of the Conference and the Center, as it will necessarily mean that the hundreds of poets and scholars who attend the conference and/or poetry center events annually will find and, if necessary, build other, more stable and welcoming creative and critical communities where we can share and celebrate our work.

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  • Jarred Marlatt
    Jarred Marlatt United States, New Orleans
    Mar 19, 2015
    Mar 19, 2015
    Dr. Bridgford was an inspiration to me during my time in the English M.A. program, and the center and conference were among the top reasons that I chose West Chester to pursue my degree. Both seemed to demonstrate a commitment to the writing community on the part of the administration that evidently did not exist. I cannot imagine a more suitable candidate than Kim Bridgford for the position, and unless she was removed for being over-qualified and pursuing other endeavors, she should be reinstated before the year is out.
  • Jarred Marlatt
    Mar 19, 2015
    Mar 19, 2015
    Dr. Bridgford was an inspiration to me during my time in the English M.A. program, and the center and conference were among the top reasons that I chose West Chester to pursue my degree. Both seemed to demonstrate a commitment to the writing community on the part of the administration that evidently did not exist. I cannot imagine a more suitable candidate than Kim Bridgford for the position, and unless she was removed for being over-qualified and pursuing other endeavors, she should be reinstated before the year is out.
  • Amy King
    Amy King United States, Merrick
    Oct 29, 2014
    Oct 29, 2014
    New York
  • Tim Murphy
    Tim Murphy United States, Fargo
    Oct 27, 2014
    Oct 27, 2014
    My late father and I and our companies, have given about 16,000 to the poetry center. P;ease reinstate Kim.
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