Research Areas

Creative Writing; Law


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

Nancer Ballard

Nancer Ballard

Nancer Ballard has authored several books of nonfiction, Dead Reckoning, a volume of poetry, and numerous short works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She is also a co-author of a children’s supplementary textbook that teaches mathematics through folktale/storytelling.  She is also a lawyer, currently Of Counsel at Brennan Dain, ReRay, Wiest, Torpy & Garner P.C., where she specializes in environmental law, risk management, and sustainability; is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional; and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Environmental Claims Journal. She has received several awards for her work on women in the law.

Current Projects

This year Nancer will be writing creative nonfiction, incorporating elements of memoir, history, psychology, neurobiology, philosophy, and literature. She will also be examining the perception and representation of chronological and existential time in experience, memory, and art.

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).