JoAnn Balingit was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Lakeland, Florida. She is the author of Words for House Story (2013) and Forage, awarded the 2011 Whitebird Chapbook Prize. Her poems and prose have appeared in Best New PoetsDIAGRAMHarpur PalateSalt Hill, Smartish Pace and Verse Daily. As Delaware’s poet laureate, she teaches poetry for schools and non-profits around the state (which is 96 miles long). She’s received fellowships from Delaware Division of the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and a 2010 Global Filipino Literary Award. She's an assistant editor with YesYes Books, and for young writers she coordinates the Delaware Writing Region of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. JoAnn will work on a collection of linked stories during her Bakeless Camargo Foundation Residency.


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