Kim Bridgford is an award-winning poet, editor, college professor, fiction writer, and critic. In her poetry, she writes primarily in traditional forms, of which the sonnet is her form of choice. She is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center.
As editor-in-chief at Mezzo Cammin, a journal of poetry by women, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which is designed to become the world's largest database of women poets.
Kim Bridgford was born in 1959. She grew up in Coal Valley, Illinois.
She received both her bachelor's degree and master's in fine arts from the University of Iowa. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois .
Bridgford joined the faculty of Fairfield University in Connecticut in 1989.
In 1994, she moved to Wallingford, Connecticut with her husband Peter Duval, also an award-winning author of fiction and who later became a professor at Fairfield University as well. In 1996, their son, Nick, was born.
In August 2010, she became the current director of the West Chester University Poetry Center in Pennsylvania, moving to the state with her family. She had been a professor of English at Fairfield University for 21 years.