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Kathleen Balma

Author's Bio

Katy Balma is a teacher, librarian, poet, and translator from Southern Illinois. She has published poetry in a variety of journals from 2002 to the present, and from 2007 to 2008 she was a Fulbright scholar in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Several of her poems have won awards, including a Pushcart Prize in 2013. Her poetry has also been featured on This Morning in Coldfront magazine. She teaches public high school in New Orleans and is a weekend volunteer for Friends of New Orleans Public Library.

Publications and Prizes

Maple Leaf Rag VI: An Anthology of Poetic Writings from New Orleans (Portals Press, 2017), Montreal International Prize: Global Poetry Anthology (Vehicule Press, 2015), Pushcart Prize XXXVII (Pushcart Press, 2013)
Atlanta Review, Booth , Canary, Cardinal Points, Chiron Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Crab Orchard Review, Cutbank, decomP, Drunken Boat, Fugue, Good Foot, Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, New Haven Review, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Prelude, Prick of the Spindle, Puerto del Sol, Rattle, Salamander, Sixth Finch, Star*Line, storySouth, The 2River View, The Cafe Review, The Journal, Xavier Review
William Alexander II & Lisa Percy Fellowship, Rivendell Writers' Colony (2017); Tennessee Williams Scholarship, Sewanee Writers Conference (2016); Finalist, Montreal International Poetry Prize (2015); Pushcart Prize XXXVII (2013); International Publication Award (Atlanta Review, 2010); Fulbright US Student Grant (2007-2008); Roy Battenhouse Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters (Bloomington, Indiana chapter, 2004); Editor's Choice, James Wright Poetry Contest (Mid-American Review, 2003).

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Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie), A High Wind in Jamaica (Richard Hughes), The Railway Children (E. Nesbit), Five Children and It (E. Nesbit), Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak), Animal Soul (Bob Hicok), Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (Terry Jones), Gnomes (Wil Huygen), Some Ether (Nick Flynn), Map: Collected and Last Poems (Wisława Szymborska), Interior with Sudden Joy: Poems (Brenda Shaughessy), Jesus' Son (Denis Johnson), Don Quixote de la Mancha (Miguel de Cervantes), Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin), Another Country (James Baldwin), The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood), The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood), The Turn of the Screw (Henry James), The Book of Nightmares (Galway Kinnell), Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome), Solaris (Stanislaw Lem), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), Strange Valentine (A. Loudermilk), Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov), Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem (Harry Martinson), Moments of Reprieve: A Memoir of Auschwitz (Primo Levi), The Complete Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi), Days with Frog and Toad (Arnold Lobel), A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (Xiaolu Guo), Slovenly Peter (Heinrich Hoffman), The Arrival (Shaun Tan), Embroideries (Marjane Satrapi), Small Pig (Arnold Lobel), The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Middlemarch (George Eliot), Stag's Leap (Sharon Olds), Glass, Irony, and God (Anne Carson), Bel Canto (Ann Patchett), Your Disgusting Head: The Darkest, Most Offensive and Moist Secrets of Your Ears, Mouth and Nose (Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey), The Iliad (Homer, Stanley Lombardo's translation), Moonfleet (J. Meade Falkner), The Dark Frigate (Charles Hawes), Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Mark Haddon), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne), White Fang (Jack London), The Princess Bride (William Goldman), The Jungle Book I & II (Rudyard Kipling), A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens), The Twits (Roald Dahl), The Reluctant Dragon (Kenneth Grahame), The Borrowers (Mary Norton), The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams), The Magician's Nephew (C.S. Lewis), A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle), The Broken Word (Adam Foulds), Life on Mars (Tracy K. Smith), Moby Dick (Herman Melville), The Essential Etheridge Knight, The Complete Poems of James Dickey, The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, Nerve Storm (Amy Gerstler), The Complete Poetry (César Vallejo), Village Prodigies (Rodney Jones), Suttree (Cormac MacCarthy), Room (Emma Donoghue), The Magicians Trilogy (Lev Grossman), Anti-Poems New and Selected: How to Look Better and Feel Great (Nicanor Parra), The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Maxine Hong Kingston), The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
Favorite Authors:
Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, J.M. Barrie, Albert Goldbarth, Wisława Szymborska

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Listing last updated: October 17, 2016

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Fluent in:
English, Spanish
Born in:
Evansville, IN
Raised in:
Harrisburg, IL

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