Beata Ballard has worked with language all her life—first, as a writer and editor, later, as an instructor of French and Italian, and most recently, as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), when she started writing rap-style monologues to improve her students’ pronunciation. Her interest in writing poetry was a spin-off of her time spent creating rhyming teaching materials.
A native of New York City, she received her early education in New York; Florence, Italy; and Aigle (Vaud), Switzerland. She earned her BS in languages (Russian) from Georgetown University’s Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL), and her MA-TESL from St Michael’s College.
She has resided and worked in New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Chapel Hill and Durham, NC; Fort Lauderdale and Lake Worth, FL; St Paul, Minn.; Seelisberg, Switzerland; Rome, Italy; and Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.
An instructor of the TM technique, she recently relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, intercultural community and home of Maharishi International University.
This is her second poetry chapbook.