Interviews, Reviews, & Readings
Nasty Women Poets Read
Listen to the entire panel of Nasty Women Poets from the 2018 Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans, LA! I've got a poem about an amazing woman, just about 19 minutes in!
Figure of Speech
I'm so happy to have my poems featured on WRBH's fantastic program Figure of Speech! Hear me talk about myth and magic and read my weird fairy tale poems on Figure of Speech, available online here!
Review of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak at The Line Break
"Perhaps another possibility for the lack of adoption poems is the poet not knowing how to successfully write an adoption-centric poem in a way that isn’t predictable, sentimental, insincere, or lacking nuance. Balkun, however, found a way."
Author feature on Witty Title Here
What is one lesson that writing has taught you (about writing, the human condition, yourself)?
Writing can give voice to what’s been silenced. Jackalope-Girl helped me deal with family history, and my most recent poems focus on female surrealist painters (whom history has largely ignored) to bring to light their work and their lives.
by Nicole Rollender on Carpe Noctem
What do you love to find in a poem you read, or love to craft into a poem you’re writing?
Surprise. I love magical real & fabulist elements, especially when they’re doing some heavy metaphorical lifting. I also love a sense of place and always, always musicality in the language.
Lost City Museum Review
"St. Thomas writes that prophetic vision is not a matting of “seeing clearly, but of seeing what is distant, hidden.” Balkun’s masterful distraction, in this way, is to me as much about rumbling with grief as having the courage to eschew the reckless luxury of certitude. "
Read more at www.antenna.works
Did parts of your chapbooks grow out of your Fresno State MFA thesis manuscript, Mapparium, which you described as “a collection of poetry about disconnect”?
Lost City Museum is very closely connected to Mapparium. Several poems appear in both, though the chapbook ultimately goes further along the narrative timeline. Like Mapparium, it is a book about loss, distance, and growth. Its poems borrow imagery from museum exhibits and the natural world, especially of water.
Review of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak at Heart What Art Are You?
"The language was refreshing. As in, the going-for-a-hot-shower-on-a-cold-day kind of refreshing. There wasn’t any try-hard poetics going on. It was genuine, it was real, and it was lovely"