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Writing professor wins Poets’ Prize

| By Nick Alexopulos

Ned Balbo, affiliate associate professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland, has been awarded the Poets’ Prize by a group of 20 notable U.S. poets for his book, The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems.

The annual $3,000 prize honors the best book of verse published by a living American poet in the two years prior to the award year. In Trials, Balbo explores his own childhood struggles by referencing pop culture and the monsters and heroes of horror films, science fiction novels, and television series. Edgar Allan Poe provides a thread running through Balbo’s meditation on adoption and identity, love and heartbreak, alienation and belonging. In 2010, the book won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize from the West Chester University Poetry Center.

Over the past 22 years, Balbo has taught courses at Loyola that range in topic from poetry to creative writing to music, pop culture, and graphic novels. He has published three books of poetry, several essays, and more than 100 poems that have appeared in dozens of national journals and numerous anthologies. His many awards include three Individual Artist Awards in poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council, and the 2003 Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award. He received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa in 1989 and an M.A. in Poetry from Johns Hopkins University in 1986.

Balbo will accept the Poets’ Prize during a ceremony on May 17 at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City.

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