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JoAnn Balingit was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Lakeland, Florida, the third in a family of 12 children. She was educated at Florida State, University of California, Irvine and Indiana University. In 2008 she received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware and was appointed Delaware's 16th poet laureate. She teaches poetry in schools and community organizations. JoAnn has also lived and worked in Kentucky; Tangier, Morocco and Lisbon, Portugal. You can visit her website at http://joannbalingit.org
West Chester, PA
I think of myself as a woman-poet entrepreneur. In addition to doing my own writing and directing the West Chester University Poetry Center and Poetry Conference, I edit an online journal of formalist poetry by women, Mezzo Cammin, www.mezzocammin.com, and I founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which will eventually be the largest database of women poets in the world.