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New Orleans, LA
BENJAMIN ALESHIRE is based in New Orleans, LA, & Burlington, VT. Poetry, essays, & criticism have appeared in many journals. In addition to writing, Ben also tours widely as a cornetist with the Vermont Joy Parade, & is active in theatre and as an exhibiting visual artist. He has been awarded residencies at the BCA Center, New City Galerie, & Bluseed Studios. In 2010 he founded Honeybee Press, which publishes The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction, as well as a hand-bound poetry series, using hand-made paper, block carving, and letter-press.
Katy Balma is a poet-librarian from the Ohio River Valley in Southern Illinois, an area that is nicknamed Little Egypt, possibly for its geographic similarity to the Nile Delta. (Or for the famous belly dancer who used Little Egypt as her stage name. No one really knows which.) Ms. Balma spent a gap year in Australia before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, followed by an MFA, MLS, and K-12 teaching license from Indiana University Bloomington. She lived in the Hoosier state for a total of eight years and has since made her home in Spain, where she worked as a Fulbright teaching assistant at a bilingual elementary school, and in New England, where she worked as a Spanish teacher and a university literature instructor. She has also traveled extensively on a shoestring budget to countries on or near the Mediterranean (Portugal, France, Italy, Morocco, Turkey), and though she will always be a world traveler in spirit, she is delighted to have made the state of Louisiana her permanent home base in the USA as of summer 2014. Her first book of poetry is recently completed and in search of a good home.
Born in New London, CT, April 11, 1956; grew up in Virginia and Trinidad, British West Indies. Studied at The Colorado College, Bread Loaf, B.A. in English from University of West Florida, Master of Library Information Studies from the University of Alabama. Taught English as a Second Language for 4 years on Okinawa, Japan. Friends call her The Resourceress. Lifelong rider who delights in working and schooling Andalusian and Lipizzanner horses. Formerly an academic department head, now proudly serving as Patient Medical Librarian for the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Alexandria. Yes, I truly do work for the Library at Alexandria.