Micah Ballard is a Louisiana-born poet, currently residing in San Francisco. He studied poetics at New College of California, and he currently co-directs the Master of Fine Arts in Writing at the University of San Francisco. Ballard has given readings at a number of venues, which include the San Francisco State Poetry Center, City Lights, and SOMArts among others. His poetry has been published in multiple journals, and he has written two full-length poetry collections, Parish Krewes and Waifs and Strays. The latter was a finalist for the California Book Award.
Our Lady of the Flowers was written in prison by French author Jean Genet. First published in 1943, the novel was influential to the Beat generation for its language and its dealing with the themes of death, sex, and life in the Paris underworld. Our Lady of the Flowers was controversially received for its explicit sexual content and its ideas of moral value.