JoAnn Balingit

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet

Delaware Division of the Arts 820 North French St. 4th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

Author's Bio

A poet and arts-in-education advocate, JoAnn Balingit was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Lakeland, Florida. Educated at Florida State, UC, Irvine and Indiana University. Received her Ed.D from the University of Delaware in 2008. From 2008-2015, she served as Delaware's poet laureate and currently teaches Poetry Writing at University of Delaware. She is Delaware state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud and serves as an Assistant Editor at YesYes Books.

Publications & Prizes

Resist Much / Obey Little Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017)
The Crafty Poet (Wind Publications, 2013)
On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers (University of Delaware Press, 2008)
Best New Poets 2007 (Samovar Press, 2007)
DIAGRAM.2 (Del Sol Press, 2006)
Returning a Borrowed Tongue (Coffee House Press, 1996)
Words for House Story (WordTech Editions, 2013)
Forage (Wings Press, 2011)
Your Heart and How It Works (Spire Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 

Whitebird Poetry Chapbook Prize; Global Filipino Literary Award in Poetry; Fellowships: Delaware Division of the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow (2009, 2012), Bread Loaf Bakeless/Camargo Foundation 2014 residency for fiction.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, Eye Level by Jenny Xie, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat, Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka, Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Asian American, Filipino American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Incarcerated individuals, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Columbus, OH
Raised in: 
Lakeland, FL
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Last update: Oct 17, 2018