Ned Balbo’s most recent book is 3 Nights of the Perseids, selected by Erica Dawson for the 2018 Richard Wilbur Award. His previous books include Upcycling Paumanok, The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (awarded the Donald Justice Prize and the Poets’ Prize), Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal), and Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize co-winner). The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots, selected by Morri Creech for the New Criterion Poetry Prize, will appear in 2019.
Ned is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship for his version of Paul Valéry’s “La Jeune Parque [The Young Fate],” three Maryland Arts Council individual artist 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 held fellowships or residencies at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Ned Balbo’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, Johns Hopkins, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ned was recently a visiting faculty member in the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. He is married to poet-essayist Jane Satterfield and lives in Baltimore.