Jacqueline Balderrama




IMG_8549Jacqueline Balderrama is a pursing a Ph.D in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. She is the first-place recipient of the statewide 2012–2013 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize. Her poems have been  nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been published in cream city review, Blackbird and others. She serves as Poetry Editor for Iron City Magazine and as a contributing writer for WILD.

Balderrama completed her MFA degree in poetry at Arizona State University (ASU) where she taught and served as poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. While at ASU, she received Virginia G. Piper Center Fellowships including two for international writing residencies in Asia during the summers of 2014 and 2015. She was a participant in 2014 and the event coordinator in 2015 for the Letras Latinas literary initiative, which strives to build community between Latina/o writers within various MFA and PhD. She was also involved with the ASU Prison Education Program as a volunteer instructor at Florence State Prison, Arizona Dept. of Corrections where she co-taught a weekly creative writing workshop with fiction writer Gary Garrison. Her work is interested in the exploration of voices and otherness.



Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental. Forthcoming online. “Without the Flood.”
Public Pool: One Space for All Poets. Forthcoming online. “esperanza,” “salvaje,” and “Some Horses.”
Swamp Ape Review. Forthcoming. “Because we saw it in the movies,” and “Speculation on Disappearance.”
Wildness Journal. Platypus Press. 8. April 2017. Online.  “Scene 1: Doorway” and “Scene 2: Everyone had ideas about what should happen next”

Blackbird. 15:1. Spring 2016. Online.  “Accountability for Your Blind Sheep,” “Somewhere Else in Texas.”
Connotation Press. 1:8. September 2016. Online. This Name,” “Azul for Water,” and “The Dead Dream Us.”
cream city review: the other side of the mirror folio. 39:2 Fall/Winter 2015-2016. “Giants’ Faces Held in the Hills.” 85.
New Plains Review. Fall 2016. “The River: My Mother’s Spider Veins.” 5.
Poet Lore. 111:3/4. Fall/Winter 2016. “You and I See the Animals.” 30-31.
Qu Literary Magazine. 3. 2016. Print and Online. “Water Theory.” 46, and “Hero,” 48.
Southern Humanities Review. 50:3&4. “Finger Puppet in the Likeness of Frida Kahlo.” 62.

Jabberwock Review. 37:1. Summer 2016. “When You’re Dating The End.” 95-96. Flash Fiction.
The Gateway Review. 2:2. Spring 2016. “The World Briefly Underwater.” 21-32. Story.
(Winning story for the 2nd place in fiction Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Award in Writing at ASU 2016 and the 2nd place award for The Gateway Review, 2016)

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Photo Journal

Travel sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

2015 Global Residency Fellowship: Southeast Asia (15 photos)

2014 International Travel Fellowship: Hong Kong and Beijing (14 photos)