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 Nancer Ballard

Nancer Ballard, an Affiliated Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, is a writer, poet, book artist, and environmental lawyer. She currently focuses on creative nonfiction and multidisciplinary creative projects that combine science, creative writing, humanities, and fine arts.  She is the author of Dead Reckoning (poetry), and is a co-author of a  supplemental children’s textbook that teaches mathematics through multicultural  storytelling and a treatise on environmental law. Her recent creative nonfiction essays have appeared in  The Science of Story,  The Brain Behind Creative Nonfiction;  The American Journal of Poetry; Memoryhouse Magazine, Thema Literary Journal,  Here Comes Everyone (Silhouette Press)Far Edges of the Fourth Genre; An Anthology of Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, and Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse. 

Her artist’s books have been exhibited in the Beyond the Book VII, VIII, IX  and X  exhibitions at the Boston Public Library,  The Attleboro Arts Museum, Boston City Hall, and in Brandeis University’s Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, among other venues.  In 2016 she received a Judge’s Choice Award for her artist book:  Surviving the Election and in 2013 she received the Judge’s Merit of Distinction Award and the Librarian’s Choice Award for two of her artist’s books on the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Ms. Ballard has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from The Bennington College Writing Seminars, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and a Masters in Counseling from Goddard Graduate School for Social Change. Her work on women in the legal profession has been recognized by the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.  She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Wellesley College Centers for Women, has taught at  Ithaca College and the Boston Center for Adult Education, and has worked as a photojournalist and arts and film critic.

2020 CV 


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  1. Dear Nancer,
    Annette forwarded me your blog about Martha Mitchell Calling and the play. I loved what you wrote and the photos you included.
    Annette is an amazing actor and has become a friend. I am blessed. The original play was 85 minutes – there was a lot to cut but it all worked.
    best to you and for your work. We all have so much to do. Even if we have a Biden victory – and looks like we will – it’s so sad that we have so many Americans who don’t understand democracy or what the real issues are in this country – or if they do – they don’t care. My next play has a racial element and is about a descendant of the slaves of Martha Washington – among other things – it takes place at Arlington National Cemetery, once the home of Robert E. Lee – which was turned into a cemetery by a Union General when he buried the soldiers Lee killed at the Battle of Bull Run around the perimeter of Lee’s house at the top of the hill. The house is still standing.
    Best to you,
    Jodi Rothe


    • Hi Jodi, Thanks for your wonderful reply. Your next play sounds fascinating, can’t wait to see it. I have a writing friend and colleague,Bettye Kearse, whose family long believed that they were related to James Madison. She spent a decade writing about her African American family, revisioning the family mythology about what makes someone important, and tracking down her ancestors roots. Her book, The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family was recently published by Houghton Mifflin. If you are interested in an introduction to her, let me know.


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