About the Author
Evan Balkan is the author of six published books of nonfiction, including The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas (Univ. of New Mexico Press), as well as many essays and short stories in an array of publications. His novel Spitfire is forthcoming from Amphorae Publishing. He currently chairs the English Department at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he runs the creative writing program, and is an adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins graduate Teaching Writing program. His screenplay Spitfire won both the 2016 Baltimore Screenwriting Competition and a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fellowship; his screenplay Children of Disobedience won the 2017 Baltimore Screenwriting Competition. He is a co-writer for the television series Wayward Girls. He holds degrees from Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins universities. The latter degree is in creative writing; his thesis project, the novel Root That Mountain Down, won an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and was excerpted in the Baltimore Review.