Retreat Founders + Contact

Poets Chaun Ballard and Tara Ballard lived in the Middle East and West Africa from 2010 to 2018, where they taught English language and literature in local area schools and universities. In 2018, they returned home to Alaska, where they continue their practice as poets and educators.

bluedoorspoetryretreat@gmail.com

Tara Ballard: Tara Ballard, born and raised in Alaska, is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review . Winner of the 2016 Many Voices Project competition, her first book, House of the Night Watch (New Rivers Press), was published in 2018. Winner of a 2019 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize, Tara holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her poems have been published by Bellingham Review; North American Review; Poetry Northwest; SalamanderThe Southampton Review; War, Literature and the Arts; and other literary magazines. /// http://www.tarajballard.com.

Chaun Ballard: Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Bernardino, California, Chaun Ballard is an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, a Callaloo fellow, and a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. His chapbook, Flight, is the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and is published by Tupelo Press. Chaun’s poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Frontier Poetry, Lunch Ticket, Narrative Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Rattle, Spoon River Poetry Review, The New York Times Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and other literary magazines. His work has received nominations for both Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize. /// http://www.chaunballard.com.