Kathleen Balma is a poet in New Orleans. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology, and many other publications. She works as a programming and services librarian at New Orleans Public Library, where she leads Virtual Creative Writing Workshop—a free, writing group for residents of Orleans Parish. Her first book, FROM YOUR HOSTESS AT THE T&A MUSEUM (Eyewear Publishing 2022), is available from Black Spring Press Group.
FROM YOU HOSTESS AT THE T&A MUSEUM
RUNNER-UP FOR THE SEXTON PRIZE
FROM YOUR HOSTESS AT THE T&A MUSEUM is a stunning series of imaginative leaps and encounters, as playful as it is momentous. Not only poetry lovers, but enthusiasts of art history, fantasy fiction, sci-fi, westerns, travel narratives, nature documentaries, and historical fiction will delight in its genre-bending adventures and inventions. How did Abraham Lincoln build the log cabin he was born in? What happens at an invisible gun show? Are aliens really controlling a Chicago musician's ears? Kathleen Balma crafts answers to these and other metaphysical questions with a language all her own. Known for her deadpan humor and lack of pretense, Balma has given us a first book that is both light to carry and hard to put down.
Gallimaufry & Farrago (Finishing Line Press)2018
Awards and Recognition
- Best New Poets (Samovar Press, 2020); Silence: University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize (International Poetry Studies Institute, University of Canberra, 2019); Finalist, Rattle Poetry Prize (2019); Pushcart Prize XXXVII (Pushcart Press, 2013)