Poe Ballantine

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in Denver, Colorado, The United States
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January 2018


Poe Ballantine is a fiction and nonfiction writer known for his novels and especially his essays, many of which appear in The Sun. His second novel, Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire, won Foreword Magazines Book of the Year. The odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer that populate Ballantines work often draw comparisons to the life and work of Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac.

One of Ballantines short stories, The Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue, was included in Best American Short Stories 1998 and one of his essays, 501 Minutes to Christ, appeared in Best American Essays 2006. [wikipedia]
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Love and Terror on the Howl...

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Things I Like About America...

4.21 avg rating — 256 ratings — published 2002 — 7 editions
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501 Minutes to Christ: Pers...

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God Clobbers Us All: A Novel

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Decline of the Lawrence Wel...

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Whirlaway

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Guidelines for Mountain Lio...

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No Talking to Imaginary People

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Torpedoes D'Amour

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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 dont like jets much in Toronto, the signs are everywhere. After running a formidable maze of airport security and showing my passport nineteen times (but not having a cattle prod rammed up my a... Read more of this blog post »
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“I read to him from his mother's Bible the first line of Genesis: 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' It says nothing about hell, Tom. That came later with the membership drive.”
Poe Ballantine, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir

“The errors of the policeman were no greater or careless or more egregious than mine. It’s just that my mistakes had comparatively little consequence.”
Poe Ballantine, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir

“Most people would live in an outhouse in Bangladesh before they would voluntarily move to Nebraska.”
Poe Ballantine, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir




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