James Ballowe

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General Information

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Name: James Ballowe

Pen Name: None

Genres: Poetry, Essay, Biography

Born: 1933 in Carbondale, Illinois

Website: http://www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/english/contests/essay/ballowe.dot

Email: jcballowe@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Ruth Ganchiff

Illinois Connection

Ballowe was born in Carbondale, Illinois and currently resides in Ottawa, Illinois. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ballowe is a poet and biographer. He is the winner of two Arts Council awards for poetry and an Arts Council award for creative non-fiction. Along with the books listed in the "Titles for Purchase and at Your Library" section below, he has also edited:

  • George Santayana's America: Essays in Literature and Culture, 1967; 2nd ed., 1969
  • Angelo-Welsh Poetry, North Dakota Quarterly 1989
  • Christmas in Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2010.

His work is also represented in anthologies, including:

  • A Sampler: New Poems and Some Poetry Talk, Dunes House, 1976.
  • Prairie Voices, Lucien Stryk, editor,Spoon River Poetry Press, 1980.
  • Beowulf to Beatles and Beyond, David Pichaske, editor,Macmillan, 1981.
  • Illinois Voices, Kevin Stein and G.E. Murry, editors, University of Illinois, 2001

He was also the contributor of articles, poetry, and short stories to numerous periodicals, including: Encounter, American Quarterly, American Literature, Southern Review, and Salmagundi.

He is also the author of A Great Outdoor Museum: The Story of The Morton Arboretum, 2003. This is a monograph published by and available through The Morton Arboretum. It is the only history of that institution.

Published Works

  • George Santayna's America, University of Illinois Press, 1967
  • The Coal Miners, Spoon River Poetry Press, 1979
  • A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton, Northern Illinois University Press, 2009
  • Christmas In Illinois, University of Illinois Press. 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

George Santayana's America; essays on literature and culture.

ISBN: 0252745221
Release Date: 1967

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Literary Awards

  • 2 poetry and 1 essay award from the Illinois Arts Council
  • Honorable Mention, biography, The Society of Midland Authors
  • Certificate of Merit, biography, Illinois Historical Society
  • Delta Award, Friends of Morris Library, Southern Illinois University

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact for appearances: Michael Roux mroux@uillnois.edu.

Author can be contacted at: jcballowe@gmail.com.

External Links

James Ballowe on WorldCat

James Ballowe on Amazon


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