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Melissa Balmain

Melissa Balmain

  • Adjunct Instructor

BA, Princeton University

419 Morey Hall

Research Overview

Melissa Balmain is a journalist, humorist, and editor whose subjects have ranged from popular culture to parenthood, from cattle ranchers to collies that surf. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Details, American Arts QuarterlyMeasure,The Spectator (UK), and many other publications. She writes a column for Success magazine and edits Light(formerly Light Quarterly), an online journal of light verse.

Selected Publications

  • Walking in on People (Able Muse Press, 2014)—poetry collection, winner of the 2013 Able Muse Book Award
  • Just Us: Adventures and Travels of a Mother and Daughter (Faber & Faber, 1998)—memoir
  • Poems in The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse (Iron Books, 2010) and Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, 2011)
  • Essays in How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel (Seal Press, 2008) and Unbuttoned (Harvard Common Press, 2009)
  • Links to a number of her other writings can be found at