Kathleen Balma (2006 Graduate)
Katy Balma is a teacher, librarian, and translator from Southern Illinois. She holds an MFA in Poetry Writing and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. She has published poetry in a variety of journals, including Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Fugue, Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, New Haven Review, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Puerto del Sol, Rattle, storySouth, and The Journal. Her work has also been featured on This Morning in Coldfront magazine. From 2007 to 2008 she was a Fulbright scholar in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. In 2013 she won a Pushcart Prize, and in 2015 she was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. In 2016, Katy was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writers' Conference. She was subsequently awarded a poetry fellowship from Rivendell Writers' Colony, also in Sewanee. She lives in New Orleans.