melissa balmain - writer, editor, poet, critic and translator


Melissa Balmain is a poet, humorist, and journalist. She's Editor of Light, the country's longest-running journal of light verse, which she helped bring online after 20 years in print. Balmain's poems have been published in such anthologies as Nasty Women Poets and Killer Verse, and in American Arts QuarterlyAmerican Life in PoetryLighten Up Online, MeasureMezzo Cammin, Poetry Daily, Rattle, The Spectator (UK), The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, The SatiristWeekly Humorist, and many other magazines and newspapers. The author of a memoir, Just Us: Adventures of a Mother and Daughter (Faber and Faber). Balmain has won national journalism honors and been a finalist for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award (twice), and the X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. She teaches at the University of Rochester and lives nearby with her husband and two children. Walking in on People, the winner of the 2013 Able Muse Book Award, is her first full-length poetry collection.