About Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball was born in New York City, where she grew up. After gaining an honours degree in English Literature from the City University of New York (CCNY), she moved to Oxford to study English Literature at a postgraduate level. After a brief return to the US, she migrated to NSW Australia, where she now resides on a rural property with her family. While in Australia she obtained additional post-graduation qualifications in Business, Marketing and Sustainability. Magdalena runs the respected review site Compulsive Reader. Her poetry, reviews and articles have appeared in a wide number of printed anthologies and journals, and have won local and international awards for poetry and fiction. She is the author of the poetry books Bobish, The Density of Compact Bone, Unreliable Narratives, High Wire Step, Unmaking Atoms, Repulsion Thrust, and Quark Soup, the novels Black Cow andSleep Before Evening, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, the Celebration Series poetry books Sublime Planet, Deeper Into the Pond, Blooming Red, Cherished Pulse, She Wore Emerald Then, and Imagining the Future. She is also Vice President of Flying Island Books, is a regular host/moderator at literary festivals such as the Newcastle Writers Festival, the Maitland Indie Writers Festival, and Sydney Jewish Writers Festival and runs a podcast, Compulsive Reader Talks, which has over 150 interviews with the likes of Ben Okri, Marion Halligan, Matthew Riley, John Banville, and Jane Smiley to name a few. In addition to her writing, Magdalena is a Sustainability manager for a multinational company, and regardless of what she’s doing, will usually be found with her head in a book or two.

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