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Kathleen Balma

Author's Bio

Katy Balma is a teacher and librarian from the Ohio River Valley of Illinois. She has published poetry in a variety of journals from 2002 to the present, and from 2007 to 2008 she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant that allowed her to spend a year working for a bilingual elementary school in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Several of her poems have won awards or have been featured on literary websites post-publication. In 2003, her poem "An Amnesiac's Letter to Herself" was Editor's Choice in Mid-American Review's James Wright Poetry Contest. "What the Traveler Knows" received an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review in 2010. "The Causes of Cyclone Formation Aren't Well Understood" was featured by Coldfront magazine in July 2012 after it was published in Prick of the Spindle. In 2013, "From Your Hostess at the T & A Museum" won a Pushcart Prize. "Tiny Studies (Particle 14)" was Editor's Choice in Star*Line, Issue 37.3. It was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Star*Line in 2014 and republished with permission a year later in Xavier Review. "Dotage" was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize in 2015 and subsequently anthologized. In July 2016, Katy will be a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Publications and Prizes

Global Poetry Anthology (Vehicule Press, 2015), Pushcart Prize XXXVII (Pushcart Press, 2013)
Atlanta Review, Booth , Canary, Cardinal Points, Chiron Review, Coldfront, 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
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

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), The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood), Room (Emma Donoghue)
Favorite Authors:
Wisława Szymborska, J.M. Barrie, Margaret Atwood, Albert Goldbarth

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Listing last updated: July 22, 2016

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

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