Ludmila Balabanova (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Людмила Балабанова; born Ludmila Verter Balabanova; married name Karakehayova; born 1949, Novi Pazar, Bulgaria), lecturer in computer engineering, poet, and theorist. Published nine collections of poetry (four of them haiku) and a book of criticism. Recipient of Basho’s 360th Anniversary Haiku Award, Japan, 2004, and two Touchstone Distinguished Books Awards for her haiku and haibun books. She served as president of the Sofia Haiku Club. Coauthor of the Haikupedia article “Haiku in Bulgaria.” Resides in Sofia, Bulgaria.