Walking in on People

Walking in on People - stories by Melissa Balmain

Walking in on People

— Poems by Melissa Balmain

WINNER: 2013 Able Muse Book Award (selected by final judge X.J. Kennedy)

Now available for order from Able Muse Press

Full-length collection of original poetry from Melissa Balmain, now available for order from Able Muse Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Foyles, and other online
and offline bookstores worldwide.



melissa balmain - writer, editor, poet, critic and translator


Melissa Balmain is a writer, teacher, and recovering mime. She edits Light, America’s longest-running journal of light verse. She's the author of two full-length poetry collections: Walking in on People (Able Muse Press, 2014, chosen by X.J. Kennedy for the Able Muse Book Award) and Satan Talks to His Therapist (Paul Dry Books, fall 2023), and one shorter collection, The Witch Demands a Retraction: Fairy-Tale Reboots for Adults, illustrated by Ron Barrett (Humorist Books, 2021). Balmain's poems and prose have appeared in such places as The American Bystander, American Life in Poetry, EcotoneThe Hopkins Review, Lighten Up OnlineMcSweeney's, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Rattle, and The Washington Post. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has described her work as "an infectious, often hilarious blend of the sweet and the lethal, the charming and the acidic." Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten has called it "extremely irresponsible.”