Virginia G. Piper Fellow-in-Residence 2021
About Jacqueline Balderrama
Jacqueline Balderrama is a Mexican-American poet and author of Now in Color, winner of the 2020 Perugia Press Prize, and the chapbook, Nectar and Small (Finishing Line Press 2019). She grew up in Southern California and earned a BA from UC Riverside and a MFA from Arizona State University, where was involved in the Letras Latinas literary initiative and the ASU Prison Education Program. Recently she completed a PhD in English with a specialization in creative writing at the University of Utah.
Her poems have received the 2013 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, won a 2019 Intro Journal Award and been published in Blackbird, Poet Lore and other journals. She serves as poetry editor for Iron City Magazine. Her recent work is invested in hybrid identities, monstrosity, and environmental concerns.
As the Virginia G. Piper Fellow-in-Residence, Balderrama will be leading the Thousand Languages Project. She will also be teaching as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the 2020-2021 academic year.