Ep. 81 11/29/18 Chaun Ballard


Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Bernardino, California, Chaun Ballard is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review and a Callaloo fellow. He received his BA from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and is graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where he is also an adjunct professor.

Chaun Ballard’s chapbook, Flight, is the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and is published by Tupelo Press.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Anomaly (FKA Drunken Boat), Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Frontier Poetry, International Poetry Review, Lunch Ticket, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Rattle, and other literary magazines. His work has received nominations for both Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize.

Of the collection, poet, professor, and contest judge Major Jackson writes:

“The poems in Flight unspool a rich and charmed history of survival into songs that celebrate the miracle of endurance in a country defined by the peculiar phenomenon of race; many of the poems in this collection explore (or allude to) the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson with a brilliance that is underscored by the poet’s extraordinary sense of sound to etch a new reality in our ears.”

You can connect with Chaun via Facebook or at chaunballard.com



  1. Leela James “Change Is Gonna Come”
  2. LIT: “Twelves Ways of Looking at Darkness”
  3. The Five Stairsteps “Ooh Child (Things Are Gonna Get Easier)”
  4. LIT: “How We Are Made to Feel Small”
  5. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth”
  6. LIT: “Q&A” “Pantoum”
  7. Temptations “I Wish It Would Rain”
  8. Lauren Daigle “Remember”


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