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Ned Balbo's Biography

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Baltimore, Maryland
Jane Satterfield
Nov 2008

Ned Balbo is the author of three books. His most recent collection, The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press/WCU Poetry Center), received the 2012 Poets' Prize, and the 2010 Donald Justice Poetry Prize awarded by judge A. E. Stallings. His previous books are Lives of the Sleepers (University of Notre Dame Press; Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal) and Galileo's Banquet (Towson University Prize for Literature). Something Must Happen, a poetry chapbook, appeared from Finishing Line Press in 2009.

He has received three Maryland Arts Council grants, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize for the essay "Walt Whitman's Finches: on autobiography and adoption." A poetry fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, he has published in Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, The Dark HorseDogwood, The Hopkins ReviewIowa Review, Italian Americana, Notre Dame Review, Sewanee Theological Review, Shenandoah, and Unsplendid, among others. His short memoir on adoption and ethnicity, "My Father's Music," appears in Our Roots Are Deep with Passion: Creative Nonfiction Collects New Essays by Italian-American Writers (Lee Gutkind and Joanna Clapps Herman, editors), Other Press.

Born and raised on Long Island, he teaches at Loyola University Maryland and lives in Baltimore with his wife, poet-essayist Jane Satterfield, and her daughter Catherine. 

Upcoming Works

The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press/WCU Poetry Center), Donald Justice Prize.


Story Line Press/WCU Poetry Center
Finishing Line Press
University of Notre Dame Press
Washington Writers' Publishing House

Interests & Hobbies

Music, movies, historic comics/graphic novels, pop culture


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