Kathleen Flenniken interviews Christianne Balk

“Suzanne Dorothee Elisabeth Balk, World War I nurse”

2019 Jack Straw writer Christianne Balk discusses her series of poems of early 20th century voices inspired by her grandmother’s life as a young nurse serving in France during WWI. Christianne and Kathleen talk about the importance of research in her writing, her background as a biology major, inspiration she’s taken from naturalists like John Muir, and what draws her to write about her grandmother’s experiences in the Great War.