Corie Bales

Corie Bales

Corie Bales lived in Imperial Valley until moving to El Cajon at the age of seven. She moved to Orange County to attend UC Irvine, but returned home to East County after finishing her master’s degree. She writes poetry as a way to capture seemingly forgettable moments or arbitrary events and to chronicle her family’s history. East County has influenced her work by providing an endless source of fascinating characters in mundane settings living out their stranger-than-fiction dramas for her to write about.