Kathleen Balma is a public librarian and the author of Undelivered Notes from Birds of Passage (The Black Spring Press Group 2021). She received a Master of Library Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry Writing from Indiana University. A Fulbright fellow and Pushcart Prize winner, she is the recipient of a Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference, a Tennessee Williams scholarship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, and a writer-in-residence fellowship from Rivendell Writers' Colony. Her poems have been appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Ecotone, Missouri Review, New Ohio Review, the Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology, and the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize Anthology. She grew up in the Ohio River Valley of Illinois and has lived in the Ozarks of Missouri, a Michigan forest, urban Andalucía, a naval base near the Windy City, suburban New South Wales, Western Australia, a trailer park in Little Egypt, several corners of the Hoosier state, Castilla la Mancha, small-town New England, and the only Garden District in Central Louisiana. New Orleans is her forever home.