JoAnn Balingit

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Newark, DE
Delaware US

Author's Bio

A poet, essayist and arts-in-education advocate, JoAnn has taught poetry and creative nonfiction classes at the University of Delaware, Access Creative Aging Delaware, and regional non-profits, libraries and schools. She received an Ed.D from University of Delaware in 2008. From 2008-2015, she served as Delaware's poet laureate, and is a teaching artist for Poetry Out Loud. She is a 2023-2024 Fulbright US Scholar in the Philippines where she's doing research for a memoir.

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: 
Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Moby Dick by H. Melville, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat, Ordinary Notes by Christina Sharpe

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
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Born in: 
Columbus, OH
Raised in: 
Lakeland, FL
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Last update: Dec 17, 2023