Jacqueline Balderrama grew up in Southern California and has a BA from UC Riverside and a MFA from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she received Virginia G. Piper Center Fellowships for international writing residencies in Asia and was involved in the Letras Latinas literary initiative. She also volunteered as a workshop instructor with the ASU Prison Education Program.
Balderrama currently lives and teaches in Salt Lake City where she is a doctoral candidate in literature and 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 co-poetry editor for Quarterly West and as poetry editor for Iron City Magazine. Furthermore, she volunteers by instructing poetry lessons for middle school students through the Wasatch Writers In the Schools Program. Over the past six years, she has been working to reduce her waste and be mindful of the impacts human activity has on the planet. Her chapbook, Nectar and Small, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She shares a home with her husband and two, small birds.