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JoAnn Balingit

Author's Bio

JoAnn Balingit was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Lakeland, Florida. She is a poet and fiction writer, appointed Delaware's poet laureate in 2008. She was educated at Florida State, University of California, Irvine and Indiana University. She received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware, and teaches poetry for schools and community organizations. For grade 7 - 12 students, she directs the Delaware Writing Region of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. JoAnn is an Assistant Editor at YesYes Books and an editor at Delaware Poetry Review.

Publications and Prizes

Words for House Story (WordTech Editions, 2013)
Forage (Wings Press, 2011), Your Heart and How It Works (Spire Press, 2009)
The Crafty Poet (Wind Publications, 2013), On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers (University of Delaware Press, 2008), Best New Poets 2007 (Samovar Press, 2007), DIAGRAM.2 (Del Sol Press, 2006), Returning a Borrowed Tongue (Coffee House Press, 1996)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Diagram, Gargoyle, Harpur Palate, Kweli Journal, Lantern Review, Little Patuxent Review, MiPOesias, Poets/Artists, Rolling Stone, Salt Hill Journal, Smartish Pace, Verse Daily, Vinyl Poetry
Whitebird Poetry Chapbook Prize; Global Filipino Literary Award in Poetry; Fellowships: Delaware Division of the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow (2009, 2012), Bread Loaf Bakeless/Camargo Foundation 2014 residency for fiction.

JoAnn Balingit Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Collected Poems by Lousie Gluck, Family Life by Akhil Sharma, Drown by Junot Diaz, Collected Poems by Marianne Boruch, Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
Favorite Books:
Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense; Book of My Nights by Li-Young Lee; Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros; America is in the Heart, Carlos Bulosan; Collected Stories of Paul Bowles

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Listing last updated: March 30, 2015

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Asian American, Filipino American
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Columbus, OH
Raised in:
Lakeland, FL

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