Poet and educator Thom Ward lives in Western New York, and was an editor at BOA Editions, Ltd. for fifteen years. His full-length collections of poetry include Small Boat with Oars of Different Size (2000), Various Orbits (2004), and Etcetera's Mistress (2011). His chapbook, Tumblekid (2000), won the Devil's Millhopper Award in 1998. He has also published a collection of prose poems, The Matter of the Casket (2007).
In 2001, Ward's poem "American Fragment," a response to Nancy S. Graves's Fragment was published in MAG's Voices in the Gallery: Writers on Art.