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JoAnn Balingit is the winner of the 2010-2011 Whitebird Chapbook competition for her manuscript, Forage, which was published by Wings Press in October 2011.

JoAnn was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Lakeland, Florida, the third child in a family of twelve children. She is author of Your Heart and How It Works (Spire Press, 2009), recipient of the 2010 Global Filipino Literary Award in poetry. Appointed Delaware's poet laureate in 2008, JoAnn advocates for "Poets in the Schools" programming, and works to make great poetry more widely available in her state by organizing conferences and readings, and by writing columns on poetry and local poets for The News Journal (Wilmngton, DE). She has taught poetry classes in a variety of settings: for schools, youth detention centers, libraries and community organizations throughout the state. At the Wellness Community of Delaware, she initiated an ongoing weekly poetry workshop for cancer patients and their families. JoAnn sees poetry as a facilitator of conversation and community, a way for individuals to navigate the wonders and challenges of being alive.

JoAnn's poems have appeared in MiPOesias, Delaware Poetry Review, Harpur Palate, Kweli Journal, Lantern Review, Salt Hill Journal, Smartish Pace, at Verse Daily and elsewhere. Her work is anthologized in Best New Poets 2007, DIAGRAM.2 (Del Sol Press), On the Mason-Dixon Line: Contemporary Delaware Writers (Univ. of Delaware Press), An Endless Skyway (Ice Cube Press, 2011) and in the anthology Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2012).

A resident of Delaware since 1990, JoAnn has travelled widely, living abroad for several years in Tangier, Morocco and Lisbon, Portugal, where two of her four children were born. She holds masters degrees from the University of California/Irvine, as well as a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware. She has held fellowships from The Delaware Division of the Arts, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

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