Root That Mountain
Evan Balkan lives in Towson, Maryland with his wife and two daughters, both of whom play soccer. He plays and coaches soccer, too, and is pretty sure that heaven must be a well-manicured soccer pitch. When not playing soccer or writing, Evan likes to travel. He's been to more than 30 different countries, most recently Norway, Sweden, Ecuador, and Costa Rica (his favorites remain Peru and Iceland). He is the author of seven books of nonfiction, three novels, and many essays and short stories. 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; his screenplays Children of Disobedience and King of the Freaks have also won numerous awards. He is a co-writer for the television series, Wayward Girls. He coordinates the English Department at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he runs the creative writing program, 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.