Christianne Balk

Biography of Christianne Balk

Christianne Balk is an American poet.


She graduated in biology with honors from Grinnell College.

Her work has appeared in Pequod, Crazy Horse, Sulfur, The Centennial review The Missouri Review, Sonora Review, Prairie Schooner Harper's, and The New Yorker.

She taught at the University of British Columbia.

She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and daughter.


1985 Walt Whitman Award
1994 Verna Emory Award
Alaska Council on the Arts travel grant

Christianne Balk's Works:


Linda Svendsen, ed. (1990). "Elegy; How Stories Get Started". Words we call home. University of British Columbia Press.
"Lauds for St. Germaine Cousin". The Atlantic Monthly. September 2002.
Bindweed. Collier Books
Desiring Flight. Purdue University Press. 1995


William J. Walsh, Jack (INT) Myers, ed. (2006). "Lauds for St. Germaine cousin; Dusk Choir; Dear Hippopotamus". Under the rock umbrella. Mercer University Press

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Heavy-hocked, barrel-bellied,
exhaling billows of steam, they wait
while the corn, wheat, clover,
and potato fields surround us, finished
for the season. We listened to their hooves
shift. Blue tongues lick black shoulders,
impatient horns stab the ground.
Soon Father will open the gate
to where to the last crop sits

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