John Balaban is the author of twelve books of
poetry and prose, including four volumes which together have won The
Academy of American Poets' Lamont prize, a National Poetry Series
Selection, and two nominations for the National Book Award. His Locusts at the Edge
of Summer: New and Selected Poems won the 1998 William Carlos
Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He was named the
National Artist for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
In 2003, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, he is a translator of Vietnamese poetry, and a past president of the American Literary Translators Association.
Balaban is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English in the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.