Ned Balbo

Judged: Jan-Mar 2015

Ned Balbo

 Ned Balbo

Ned Balbo‘s The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press) received the Donald Justice Prize and the Poets’ Prize. His previous books are Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal) and Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize co-winner). Co-winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, he has also received the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. His poetry, prose, flash fictions, and translations appear in Able Muse, Burrow Press Review, Cimarron Review, Hopkins Review, Iowa Review, Measure, Pleiades, Sou’Wester, River Styx, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University.


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