Kathleen Balma is the author of the poetry collection FROM YOUR HOSTESS AT THE T&A MUSEUM (Black Spring Press Group, 2022). A Fulbright fellow and a Pushcart Prize winner, she is the recipient of scholarships from Sewanee Writers' Conference and Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference, and a fellowship from Rivendell Writers' Colony. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, the Montreal International Poetry Prize anthology, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize online anthology, Rattlecast, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. In 2022 and 2023 she was invited to serve on the Stonewall Book Award committee for children's and young adult literature. She works at New Orleans Public Library, where she has received accolades for founding Virtual Creative Writing Workshop—a free writing group for residents of Orleans Parish.