Justin Balog

About Justin Balog

My name is Justin Balog and I'm on part-time faculty here at WCC. Originally from Beach Park, IL I did my undergrad at the University of Wisconsin in Biology and English. I then went on to get my Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. I have held fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the University of Michigan. Most recently, I was teaching composition and creative writing at the University of Michigan. Outside of teaching, I've managed several arts and writing programs at the University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan. I am also an Assistant Editor for Michigan Quarterly Review.
B.S. Biology and English/Creative Writing; University of Wisconsin - Madison '16
M.F.A. Poetry; University of Michigan - Ann Arbor '19


“Something Distinctly Human,” Narrative Magazine, online; appeared originally as Narrative’s Poem of the Week.

“Observations on Connectivity,” Narrative Magazine, online

“ZooBooks,” Ploughshares, Winter 2021, print, forthcoming 


“Bending Lyric into Song: The Olive Trees’ Jazz and Other Poems by Samira Negrouche, translated by Marilyn Hacker,” Michigan Quarterly Review, online

“What does Eternity Look Like: A Review of Barot’s The Galleons,” Michigan Quarterly Review, online


Balog, Justin; Mehta, Suresh; Vemuganti, Raghu; Mitochondrial Fission and Fusion in Secondary Brain Damage after CNS Insults; JCBFM; Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism; 5 Sept 2016; http://jcb.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/09/21/0271678X16671528.abstract

English pedagogy 
Creative writing pedagogy
English education 
English learning