Ned Balbo is the author of six books including, most recently, The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots (New Criterion Poetry Prize) and 3 Nights of the Perseids (Richard Wilbur Award), both published in 2019. His previous books are Upcycling Paumanok, Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal), Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize co-winner), and The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Donald Justice Prize and the Poets’ Prize).
Ned’s awards include a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his translation of Paul Valéry’s “La Jeune Parque [The Young Fate],” three Maryland Arts Council poetry grants, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. A co-winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, he has been a fellow or scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where he was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow in 2021.
Ned’s poetry, prose, flash fictions, and translations appear in Able Muse, Antioch Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, The Common, Ecotone, Hopkins Review, Iowa Review, New Criterion, Pleiades, River Styx, Shenandoah, Sou’Wester, and many more.
Anthology appearances include poetry or prose in the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets volumes Villanelles and Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman (Knopf), Our Roots Are Deep with Passion: Creative Nonfiction collects new essays by Italian-American writers (Other Press), Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Minor Arcana), and Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women (Kasva Press).
A graduate of Vassar, The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ned has been a visiting associate professor in Iowa State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment and a member of the West Chester University Poetry Conference faculty. He is also a songwriter. A native of Suffolk County, New York, he is married to poet and essayist Jane Satterfield and lives in Baltimore.
Author photo: Jane Satterfield