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James Ballowe

Born: 1933 in Carbondale, Illinois
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: James 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*[''Anglo-Welsh Poetry''], North Dakota Quarterly 1989 - edited with Raymond Garlick and Tony Curtis*[''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 Ballowe has also contributed 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.

  • -- 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 Uni

Primary Literary Genre(s): Biography; Essay; Poetry

James Ballowe on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  A man of salt and trees :
ISBN: 0875807577 OCLC: 269455778

Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb : ©2009.

  The coal miners /
ISBN: 0933180004 OCLC: 5312493

Spoon River Poetry Press, Peoria, Ill. : ©1979.