Allen Ballard is a native of Philadelphia and a proud graduate of its Central High School. He holds degrees from Kenyon College and Harvard University and spent most of his career teaching at the City College of New York and SUNY-Albany.
He’s the prize-winning author of two novels and four works of non-fiction. His Civil War novel, Where I’m Bound was a 2001 Washington Post, Notable Book of the Year.
Carried by Six, A Novel of Urban Bravery in America was the recipient of the 2010 Black Caucus American Literary Award (BCALA) Honorable Mention in Fiction.
Ballard presently lives in Clifton Park, New York where, at age 88+, from early spring to late fall, he tries not to let a day go by without at least a good thirty minute ride on his adult trike!