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John Balaban

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. In 2003, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005, he was a judge for the National Book Awards.

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. In 1999, with two Vietnamese friends, he founded the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation  ( In 2008, he was awarded a medal from the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam for his translations of poetry and his leadership in the restoration of the ancient text collection at the National Library. Back home, in 2016, he received The George Garrett Prize for Outstanding Service in Literature from the Associated Writing Programs.

Balaban is Professor Emeritus of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

(Photo Credit: William Seraile)


2003 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America  1998 

1997 National Book Award nominee

1991 National Poetry Series Selection

1974 National Book Award nominee

1974 Academy of American Poets' Lamont Prize 1974

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