Balaban is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose. He is Poet-in-Residence
and Professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
books on Vietnam include Ca Dao Vietnam:Vietnamese Folk Poetry,
Vietnam: The Land We Never Knew (with the photographer, Geoffrey
Clifford), Remembering Heaven's Face, a memoir, and Vietnam:
A Traveler's Literary Companion (co-edited with Nguyen Qui Duc), as
well as his acclaimed Spring Essence: The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong.