Jennifer M. Ball / 包弫

Jennifer@OriginofAlphabet.com

Websites:

OriginofAlphabet.com
Hanzifinder.com
Fingerpuppetsrock.com

Publications:

《摇滚女孩的高数人生》 (Higher Math, Chinese version) Shanghai Art and Literature Publishing House, 2019

催化剂 Catalyst (Chinese and English) Soochow University, 2017

Catalyst (a novel about scientists in a rock band, a love triangle, and scientific fraud. This book was taught at Stanford by Carl Djerassi—the inventor of the birth control pill—in a class called “Science in Fiction, not Science Fiction”) Faber & Faber, 1997

Higher Math, the Book Moose Minnion Never Wrote (a novel) Faber & Faber, 1991

The Verbum Book of Digital Typography (non-fiction) M & T Books, 1991

Agouron Annual Report, 1993

Stories in the San Diego Reader, 1997-2007

Education:

Tutorming Online Chinese 2017-present

Berkeley Extension Methods & Mat. for Teaching ESL received an “A-,” 12/2012

Berkeley Elementary Mandarin Intensive Passed – Aug. 10, 2012

Berkeley Extension Mandarin II received an “A,” Spring 2012

Berkeley Extension Mandarin I received an “A,” Fall 2011

San Diego State University (SDSU) MFA in Creative Writing, 1994

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) BFA in Theater, 1981

Work Experience:

English Professor Soochow University, Suzhou, China, 2013-14, 2015-16, 2017-18 (four terms)

ESL Teacher, Lao Family Center, Oakland, CA, 2012

Music Editor San Diego Reader, San Diego, CA, 1997-2005

English 101 Instructor San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 1992-1993

Computer Graphics Instructor Platt Technical College, San Diego, CA 1991-1997

Lead singer/French horn/trumpet Fingerpuppets (rock band), San Francisco Bay Area, CA 2006-current

Lead singer/French horn Free-Range Chickens (rock band), San Diego, CA 1991-2005

Computer Graphic Artist Prepress Technologies, San Diego, CA1990

Computer Graphic Artist Hunter Industries, San Diego, CA 1988-1990

Computer consultant Central National-Gottesman, Agouron, and Genprobe, San Diego, CA 1988-1997

Jennifer has given slide shows about language to scientific companies and universities in China with her HanziFinder business partner Chao Xu, as well as given numerous book readings with her translator/interpreter Maggie Li. Jennifer has taught 453 Chinese college students and brought many of them to the US and to Spain. Jennifer wrote and directed “Life is a Low-Budget Musical” at UCLA, was on seven game shows, worked for the BBC, and was a comedian at the Comic Strip in New York City. Jennifer can speak elementary Mandarin as well as read and type simplified Hanzi.