Joseph Ridgway, an adjunct instructor at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC), captured first place and honorable mention in the 2019 Arizona Authors' Association Awards for two of his poems honoring family military veterans. This is the third consecutive year that the Arizona Literary contest judges' panel has recognized the Marlton resident's poetry.
Ridgway's "Goodbye to Solomon," a tribute to his father William G. Ridgway, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, earned first place in the unpublished winners' category. "Bestowed in a Name," inspired by the life and times of Ridgway's maternal uncle who was a B25 bomber pilot during World War II, garnered honorable mention status.
For more than 45 years, Ridgway has practiced law. He now shares his experience and knowledge in the classroom, teaching Business Law to undergraduates and Criminal Law at the Gloucester County Police Academy.
"I have spent many years practicing law in varied forms; all of which required ascertaining its path, through the 'fog,' from point 'A' to point 'B,' and beyond. Poetry now allows me to focus my writing on the 'fog.' I am grateful to all of my students, regardless of any formal academic success, for providing me a reminder of what was once my life's earlier perspective," said Ridgway.
The Arizona Literary Association, established in 1978, supports literary achievement and advancing the literary arts. Enjoyed by the literary industry, association members and prospective members for its literary content, the Arizona Literary Contest is open to all writers anywhere in the world, with categories for published and unpublished works.
For information about the Business Studies program, visit RCGC.edu/Business.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.