Kathleen Balma is the author of From Your Hostess at the T&A Museum (Black Spring Press Group 2021). Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology, the University of Canberra International Poetry Prize Anthology, and many other publications.
Kathleen grew up in the Ohio River Valley. Her adolescence was divided between a Christian residential facility for at-risk youth and a Fine Arts boarding school for the gifted and talented. She spent early adulthood serving in the U.S. Navy and living as a migrant in Australia, before completing university degrees in her home states of Illinois and Indiana. She was later awarded a Fulbright teaching grant in Spain, a Pushcart Prize for poetry, a Rivendell Writers’ Colony Fellowship, and scholarships for both Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. She has spent most of her career teaching Spanish in public schools throughout the United States and working with young people in libraries. She is currently a programming and services librarian at New Orleans Public Library, where she founded Virtual Creative Writing Workshop—a free writing group for residents of Orleans Parish. For information about the workshop, see the library's "Impact Story" dated December 22, 2020.