Anna Bálint is the author of Horse Thief, a collection of short fiction spanning cultures and continents that was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award. Two earlier books of poetry are Out of the Box and spread them crimson sleeves like wings. Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in various journals and magazines; also as part of a sound installation in the Beacon Hill branch of Seattle Public Library. A novel, rooted in the Roma (Gypsy) experience of the Holocaust, is close to completion (she hopes). Anna is an alumna of Hedgebrook Writers Retreat, the Jack Straw Writers Program, and has received awards from the Seattle Arts Commission. She has taught creative writing for many years and in many places, including in prisons, community centers, Antioch University and Richard Hugo House. In 2001 she received a Leading Voice award in recognition of her creative work with urban youth at El Centro de la Raza. Currently she teaches at Recovery Cáfe in Seattle, where she leads Safe Place, a weekly writing circle for people in recovery.