JoAnn Balingit is a writer, teacher, arts-in-education advocate, and mother of four. From 2008 to 2015 she served as Delaware’s Poet Laureate, promoting poetry and supporting Delaware writers of all ages. Her collection, Words for House Story, was a 2015 Best Books selection at Beltway Poetry. She is also the author of two award-winning chapbooks, Your Heart and How It Works and Forage. She has been at resident at VONA/Voices, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Bread Loaf. She is working on a memoir about growing up the third eldest child in a family of twelve children in a conservative Florida community, the daughter of a Filipino immigrant father and white mother and about her quest to forgive her father for the death of her mother and his suicide.