Education: Marité Balogh received her M.A. in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Foreign Languages and Literatures / Spanish (double major) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing at UMSL in May 2007. She obtained her B.A. in Philology and Languages, which is the equivalent to a U.S. degree in Education/Linguistics, from Universidad del Atlántico in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Personal History: Marité grew up in Colombia, South America, but has lived in the United States off and on for several years. She has traveled extensively within the United States and in Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Mauritania, West Africa, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. She has also visited Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; London, England; Panama City, Panama; and Las Palmas, Canary Islands. She is a Spanish native speaker, a native-like English speaker, and she has advanced skills in French, and basic low-intermediate knowledge of Italian.
Marité served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa, where she taught English for Specific purposes to French speakers, and then as a water and sanitation technician in Honduras, Central America, where she educated rural people in simple bookkeeping, sanitation, plumbing, and administration of their new water systems. Marité started writing short stories in the summer of 2000. She continues to write short stories and poetry.
Teaching Interest and Experience: Spanish as a Foreign Language (all levels), English as a Second Language, Spanish and Literature (native Spanish speakers and A.P. Spanish), and Multicultural Studies. Marité has taught Spanish as a second or foreign language, both in Colombia and in the United States. In the United States, she has taught in several high schools, a community college, and two universities. In Colombia, she taught at an institute that specialized in teaching Spanish to foreigners working in Colombia, and also in high schools. She has also taught ESL at the university level in the United States, and EFL in two universities in Colombia, as well as ESP (English for specific purposes) in West Africa.
Related Activities: Marité restarted the Spanish table, with a colleague, in UMSL. The Spanish Table presents an opportunity for Spanish speaking students, faculty and staff to practice the language outside of a classroom setting. Currently the table is led by another instructor, but Marité remains an active participant. She has also participated in the reading of poetry in Spanish at the start of Foreign Language Week of the Monday Noon Series at UMSL for several years. Marité belongs to Grupo Atlántico, a Caribbean folkloric dance group affiliated with the Missouri Folk Arts Programs & the Missouri Arts Council.
Publications: Marité Balogh published the short story La mordida as a chapter in the anthology Más allá de las fronteras: cuento, 2004. Marité’s flash fiction piece Reflections after Sudden Consciousness in Bellerive 2009. She published the poems Grandfrather’s Ghost and The Girl on the Street in Bellerive, 2007; Will You Feel Safer, Bellerive, 2008; At the Arepa Maker’s and Dancing Headstart in Untamed Ink, 2008; Water Dreaming and Ghost Ship in Literalchaos, 2008; Sister Caribeña and Above the Milpa in Untamed Ink, 2009.