Jacqueline Balderrama is a Mexican-American poet and author of the chapbook, Nectar and Small (Finishing Line Press 2019). Her first full collection of poems, Now In Color, was recently awarded the 2020 Perugia Press Prize and is set to release in September. She 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 and 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. She has also volunteered 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. She shares a home with her husband and two small birds.
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