Evan Balkan
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Towson, MD, US
Author, Screenwriter, Professor of Literature & Creative Writing

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Evan L. Balkan is the author of three novels, including the PEN/Faulkner nominated Independence, and seven books of nonfiction, including The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas, as well as many essays and short stories in an array of publications. His screenplay Spitfire, adapted from his novel of the same name, won the 2016 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship, a Rocaberti scholarship, and was a semifinalist in the Screencraft Family Friendly Screenwriting Competition as well as a finalist for an ISA fellowship; additional screenplays have won multiple fellowships and awards. Balkan is a co-writer for the television series, Wayward Girls. He coordinates the creative writing program at the Community College of Baltimore County and is an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University’s graduate Teaching Writing program. He holds degrees in the humanities from Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins universities and has served as a guest lecturer at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Bryn Mawr, and many other institutions.

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