Nancer Ballard, a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, is a writer, poet, practicing lawyer, and book artist. She currently focuses on creative nonfiction and leads 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. In addition to her work at Brandeis, she serves as Of Counsel at Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C. 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.