Kathleen Balma


Author's Bio

Katy Balma is a librarian and teacher who has lived in several regions of the United States, Australia, and Spain. A grateful New Orleans transplant, she is the woman Mary Hatch might have been, if only Mary Hatch hadn't married George Bailey.

Publications & 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)
Gallimaufry & Farrago (Finishing Line Press, 2018)
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Atlanta Review
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Cardinal Points
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Contemporary Verse 2
Crab Orchard Review
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Drunken Boat
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Good Foot
Hotel Amerika
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New Haven Review
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PMS: poemmemoirstory
Prick of the Spindle
Puerto del Sol
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The Hopkins Review
Xavier Review
Prizes won: 

Finalist, National Poetry Series (2018); 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

Favorite authors: 
Wisława Szymborska, James Baldwin, E. Nesbit, Etheridge Knight, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John Knowles, Chris Ware, Sir Walter Scott, Margaret Atwood, Albert Goldbarth, Homer, George Saunders, Franz Kafka, Nicanor Parra, William Shakespeare, Leslie Marmon Silko, Madeleine L'Engle, James Dickey, Anne Frank, C.S. Lewis, Lucille Clifton, Virginia Woolf, Stephen Dobyns, Li Po, Louise Glück, Julian Barnes, Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne, Miroslav Holub, Maxine Hong Kingston, Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Yusef Komunyakaa, Theodore Roethke, Tim O'Brien, William Wordsworth, Galway Kinnell, Lev Grossman, César Vallejo, Sharon Olds, Elizabeth Bishop, Primo Levi, Kate Chopin, Denis Johnson, John Donne, Flannery O'Connor, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ann Patchett, Munro Leaf, Zora Neale Hurston, Lydia Davis, T.H. White, Kurt Vonnegut, Adam Foulds, Louise Glück, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Amy Gerstler, Bohumil Hrabal, Richard Hughes, Charles Dickens, Raymond Carver, Jorge Luis Borges, Tony Hoagland, Albert Camus, Brenda Shaughnessy, Jack London, Alexandre Dumas, Brigit Pageen Kelley, Tobias Wolff, Dr. Seuss, Lao Tsu, Vicente Huidobro, Mark Wunderlich, Nick Flynn, Guy de Maupassant, William Carlos Williams, Russell Edson, J.D. Salinger, John Ashbery, George Orwell, Denise Duhamel, Aristophanes, Carl Phillips, Rodney Jones, Rumi, Henry James, Luigi Pirandello, Lucia Perillo, Vladimir Nabokov, Lorraine Hansberry, Herman Melville, Richard Adams, Pablo Neruda, Jane Austin, Maurice Sendak, Catullus, Frederick Seidel, Euripides, Don Paterson, Lillian Hellman, Les Murray, Roald Dahl, Alice Walker, David Kirby, Miguel de Cervantes, J.M. Barrie, Catherine Bowman, Lucretius, Mo Willems, Sarah Waters, James Tate, Mary Shelley, Mary Jo Salter, Tennessee Williams, Iris Murdoch, Charles Boardman Hawes, E.M. Forster, Aeschylus, E.B. White, Shirley Jackson, Voltaire, Tracy Letts, John Berryman, William Golding, Stanisław Lem, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Haddon, John Steinbeck, Marjane Satrapi, Molière, A.A. Milne, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Frank O'Hara, Joan Didion, Maya Angelou, Rainer Maria Rilke, Barry Gifford, Daniel Defoe, David Sedaris, Mildred D. Taylor, A. Loudermilk, William Goldman, Anne Rice, Hesiod, Arthur Ransome, Maggie Nelson, Naomi Iizuka, Eric Carle, James M. Cain, Stephen Dunn, Shaun Tan, Sandra Cisneros, J.M. Coetzee, Kenneth Patchen, Alice Hoffman, Xiaolu Guo, Andrew Hudgins, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe, Muriel Spark, Lorraine Hansberry, Zadie Smith, Nathalie Diaz, Wilkie Collins, John Milton, Marina Tsvetaeva

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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
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Harrisburg, IL
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Last update: Jan 11, 2019