Kathleen Balma

New Orleans, LA

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 work 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 and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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, Dunes Review, 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, Sugar House Review, The 2River View, The Cafe Review, The Hopkins Review, The Journal, Xavier Review
Lunch Alone at Antoine's
(Press Street Press, 2017)
Prizes Won: 
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).

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
Favorite Books: 
Peter and Wendy (J.M. Barrie), A High Wind in Jamaica (Richard Hughes), Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak), The Broken Word (Adam Foulds), Jesus' Son (Denis Johnson), Interior with Sudden Joy (Brenda Shaughnessy), This Boy's Life (Tobias Wolff), Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders)
Favorite Authors: 
Wisława Szymborska, James Baldwin, E. Nesbit, Etheridge Knight, Margaret Atwood, Albert Goldbarth

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English, Spanish
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Harrisburg, IL
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Last updated: Jun 05, 2017