Kathleen Balma is a poet from the Ohio River Valley of Southern Illinois. Her poems appear in Best New Poets, the Montreal International Poetry Prize anthology, the Pushcart Prize anthology, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize online anthology, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a Fulbright teaching grant in Spain, a writer-in-residence fellowship at Rivendell Writers’ Colony, and scholarships for Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Her first book of poetry, FROM YOUR HOSTESS AT THE T&A MUSEUM (Black Spring Press Group | 2022) was runner-up for the Sexton Prize. 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.