Research Areas

Creative Writing; Law; Book Arts on Women’s Narratives 


M.F.A., Bennington College Writing Seminars

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

M.A., Goddard Graduate School of Social Change


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Nancer Ballard; Writer and Book Artist

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Nancer Ballard

Nancer Ballard

Nancer Ballard

Nancer Ballard 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 Thema Literary Journal, Frost Writing, Far Edges of the Fourth Genre; An Anthology of Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, and Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse. She is also a Massachusetts Superlawyer and has received several awards for her work on women in the law.

Current Projects

This year I will be focusing on two projects: a series of essays on the neuroscience underpinning for why people remember and are affected by certain stories and narratives over long periods of time; and a memoir exploring, among other things, growing up with a mother with very weak autobiographical memory and its impact on her and the family. 

Representative Publications

Ballard, Nancer. “Bald in Back with Three Heads; An Exploration of Time in Narrative Nonfiction,” in The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre Ed. Sean Prentiss and Joe Wilkins (Michigan State University Press, 2014). 

Ballard, Nancer. “Muse Afire: Negotiating the Line Between Creative Pursuit and Mental Illness,” in Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse. Ed. Stephanie Horton (Palgrave McMillan, 2014).