KB Ballentine


Chattanooga, TN

Author's Bio

Ballentine’s sixth collection of poetry The Light Tears Loose was released late summer 2019 by Blue Light Press. Almost Everything, Almost Nothing was released in 2017 by Middle Creek Publishing. The 2016 Blue Light Press Book Award winner, KB’s fourth collection The Perfume of Leaving was preceded by What Comes of Waiting, also by Blue Light Press (2013). Published in many print and online journals such as Crab Orchard Review and Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, KB has two other collections of poetry, Fragments of Light (2009) and Gathering Stones (2008), published by Celtic Cat Publishing. Her work also appears in anthologies including In Plein Air (2017), Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (2017), In God’s Hand (2017), River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century (2015), Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (2013) and Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets (2011).


Ballentine received her MFA in Poetry from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She currently teaches high school English, theatre, and creative writing and adjuncts for a local college.


Learn more about KB Ballentine at www.kbballentine.com.

Publications & Prizes

The Light Tears Loose (Blue Light Press, 2019)
Almost Everything, Almost Nothing (Middle Creek Publishing and Audio, 2017)
The Perfume of Leaving (Blue Light Press, 2016)
What Comes of Waiting (Blue Light Press, 2013)
Fragments of Light (Celtic Cat Publishing, 2009)
Gathering Stones (Celtic Cat Publishing, 2008)
Prizes won: 

2016    Blue Light Press Book Award

2016    Libba Moore Gray Poetry Prize

2014    Ron Rash Poetry Award finalist

2013    Blue Light Press Book Award

2007    Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund  ($1000)

2006    Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund  ($5000)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jane Kenyon Mary Oliver Eavan Boland Ted Kooser Bill Brown

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Last update: Oct 20, 2019