Poe Ballantine currently lives in Chadron, Nebraska. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Sun, Kenyon Review, and The Coal City Review. In addition to garnering numerous Pushcart and O. Henry nominations, Mr. Ballantine’s work has been included in the anthologies The Best American Short Stories 1998 and The Best American Essays 2006.
Like David Sedaris, he is an American outsider with insane comedic and storytelling gifts.
- Marion Winik
- Author of Above Us Only Sky and NPR correspondent
Eddie Plum, who insists he’s been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric hospital, manages to finally escape after fourteen years of incarceration to start his life anew. On the run, he holes up in a sheltered barrio on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean owned by his wealthy but...Forward
This is his best book ever.
- Cheryl Strayed
- Author of Wild
For well over 20 years, Poe Ballantine traveled America, taking odd jobs, living in small rooms, and trying to make a living as a writer. At age 46, he finally settled with his Mexican immigrant wife in Chadron, Nebraska, where they had a son who was red-flagged as autistic. Poe published four...Forward
A modern-day Kerouac.
- Mark Jude Poirier
- Author of Goats
Poe Ballantine’s risky personal essays are populated with odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer. He takes us along on his Greyhound bus journey through small town America (including a detour to Mexico), exploring what it means to be human. Written with piercing...Forward
A wry and ergoty experience.
- Gobshite Quarterly
Set against the decaying halls of a San Diego rest home in the 1970s, God Clobbers Us All is the shimmering, hysterical, and melancholy account of eighteen-year-old surfer-boy orderly Edgar Donahoe and his struggles with romance, death, friendship, and an ill-advised affair with the wife of a...Forward
Poe Ballantine is a writer with a keen ear and a blistering wit.
- The Austin Chronicle
“It’s impossible not to be charmed by Edgar Donahoe” (Publishers Weekly), and he’s back for another misguided adventure. When Edgar is expelled from college for drunkenly bellowing expletives from a dorm window at 3:00 a.m., he hitchhikes to Colorado and trains as a cook. A postcard arrives...Forward
Name five books and/or authors we all need to read? Poe Ballantine’s exquisitely funky 501 Minutes to Christ.
- Tom Robbins
- Author of Jitterbug Perfume
Poe Ballantine’s second collection of personal essays follows in the tradition of Things I Like About America. Stories range from “The Irving,” which details Mr. Ballantine’s diabolical plan to punch John Irving in the nose after opening for him before an audience of 2,000 that launched the...Forward
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Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: Inspired by the memoir by Poe Ballantine, Philly filmmaker Dave Jannetta explores the...Forward
Director Dave Jannetta wins coveted Big Sky award, given to the film that captures the spirit of the American West was presented to Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere based on the...Forward
Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere documentary by Dave Jannetta based on the memoir by Poe Ballantine is now available for preorder on iTunes! The official release date is February 3rd,...Forward
Last week on the Serial Spoiler Special, we asked listeners to suggest books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts that fans of Serial might enjoy. With Season 1 set to end next week, we figured it was a...Forward
I had the great fortune to attend the premiere in Portland, Oregon, of Wild, based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. I want to pause for a moment and say thank you to Cheryl for being a longtime...Forward
I’m not quite sure how to write this recap without sounding like it’s paid for by both the Traverse City Film Festival and the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce. I often have conversations with...Forward