Kathleen Balma is a poet, teacher, librarian, and veteran of the US Navy. 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 appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Best New Poets and the Montreal International Prize Global Poetry Anthology. She grew up in the Ohio River Valley of Illinois and has lived in the Ozarks, Andalucía, New South Wales, Western Australia, New England, Castilla la Mancha, and several corners of the American Midwest. She makes her home in New Orleans. For information about her work at New Orleans Public Library, see the library's "Impact Story" dated December 22, 2020.