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JoAnn BalingitJoAnn Balingit, writer & educator

JoAnn Balingit is a poet, essayist and educator. She served as Delaware’s poet laureate from 2008 to 2015.

Dr. Balingit offers classroom visits, writing workshops, readings and lectures in which she focuses on the importance of personal story and history, as well as freedom to play with words. She believes in amplifying marginalized voices and providing participants a safe space to write about what matters to them and each other.

As a teaching artist for Poetry Out Loud, she encourages high school teachers and students to engage with the sounds, meanings and emotional power of poems in performance.

JoAnn has published three books including her full-length collection of poems, Words for House Story (WordTech, 2013). You can read poems from that book here. Her poems and essays are recently featured and forthcoming in About Place Journal, The Common, The RumpusVallum Magazine, the anthology Ink Knows No Borders and Poetry Magazine.

JoAnn holds an MA in Literature the University of California, Irvine and an MLS from  Indiana University. In 2008, she earned a doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware where she has taught composition courses and poetry writing. For many years, JoAnn worked as a library media specialist and teacher trainer in Delaware and Pennsylvania public schools.

She has presented at venues and festivals such as Sunday Salon NYC; Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, The New Hampshire Writers Project, Delaware Art Museum, Spilled Ink (VA) and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman nonfiction fellow, and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Hedgebrook, and Delaware Division of the Arts.

For more information, see upcoming events at her website. 

Teaching at Cape Henlopen High School

JoAnn Balingit
Nonfiction, Poetry
11 Amaranth Drive
Newark, DE 19711
Phone:  302-368-8879
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Arts Services: Commissioned Work, Creative Aging, Lectures / Public Speaking, Master Classes, Performances, Readings, School Residencies, Teaching Artist, Workshops
Audience Served: 6th to 8th Grade, 9th to 12th Grade, Special Needs, Adult, Older Adult
Availability: Delaware (all 3 counties), Regional (throughout Mid-Atlantic region), Year-round
Performance/Exhibit Venues: Community sites (e.g., libraries, senior centers, religious facilities), Festivals, Outdoor stages, Schools, Theater/auditorium
Performance/Exhibit Requirements: Small areas: table and comfortable seating, ample lighting for writing workshops Large areas: table or podium, seating, microphone Workshops and classrooms: copies of handouts, writing supplies, if possible for K12 students share poems ahead of visit
Booking Information:
Contact Name: JoAnn Balingit
11 Amaranth Drive
Newark, DE

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