John Balaban

229 Beachers Brook Lane
Cary, NC 27511

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:

Publications and Prizes

Ca Dao Vietnam: Vietnamese Folk Poetry
(Copper Canyon Press, 2003)
, Coming Down Again
(Simon & Schuster, 1989)
, Locusts at the Edge of Summer
(Copper Canyon Press, 1997)
, Path, Crooked Path
(Copper Canyon Press, 2006)
, Spring Essence
(Copper Canyon Press, 2000)
, Words for My Daughter
(Copper Canyon Press, 1991)
Old Glory
(Persea, 2004)
, Stand-Up Poetry
(University of Iowa Press, 2002)
, The Best American Poetry
(Scribner, 1999)
, Urban Nature
(Milkweed Editions, 2000)
Atlantic Monthly, Granta, Harper's, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly
Like Family
(Red Dragonfly Press, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
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.

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Philadelphia, PA
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Last updated: Jun 08, 2015