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John Balaban

Author's Bio

I have written poetry, fiction, and memoir, as well as several books of translation of Vietnamese poetry. Fuller description of my work can be found at my website: http://www.johnbalaban.com.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Path, Crooked Path (Copper Canyon Press, 2006), Ca Dao Vietnam: Vietnamese Folk Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2003), Spring Essence (Copper Canyon Press, 2000), Locusts at the Edge of Summer (Copper Canyon Press, 1997), Words for My Daughter (Copper Canyon Press, 1991), Coming Down Again (Simon & Schuster, 1989)
Chapbooks:
Like Family (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009)
Anthologies:
Old Glory (Persea, 2004), Stand-Up Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2002), Urban Nature (Milkweed Editions, 2000), The Best American Poetry (Scribner, 1999)
Journals:
Atlantic Monthly, Granta, Harper's, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly
Prizes:
The Academy of American Poets' Lamont prize, a National Poetry Series Selection, and two nominations for the National Book Award. Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems won the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. I was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and, in 2008, a medal from the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam for my translations of Vietnamese poetry and leadership in the restoration of the ancient text collection at its National Library.

John Balaban Resume

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Listing last updated: October 5, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Adults
Fluent in:
Vietnamese
Born in:
Philadelphia, PA
Raised in:
Philadelphia, PA
Agent:
Alison Granucci

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