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 The Best American Short Stories 1998 and The Best American Essays 2006 anthologies.
This is his best book ever.
- Cheryl Strayed
- Author of Wild
For well over twenty 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 intimacy...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 am, he hitchhikes to Colorado and trains as a cook. A postcard arrives from...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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I rose at four in the morning skipping breakfast and drove the ninety-six miles to Rapid City to catch a twin prop to Denver where I skipped lunch and caught another twin prop to Toronto. They...Forward