Alverne Ball has a M.F.A in Fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago. He has completed studies in Columbia College’s prestigious Semester in Los Angeles program, an intensive course focused on the adaptation of material to the screen.
Mr. Ball has traveled to South Africa to work as a storyline writer on the hit telenovella, Uzalo. He was also a story writer on the successful South African fantasy series, Ifalahke . Mr. Ball has written and produced a short film, Crossroads, which was shot on the Warner Bros. backlot via the AT&T Shape competition in the summer of 2018. He has also written and produced the short film, Tattooed Tears, which was directed by Aaron Lewis and was chosen as a 2016 selection for the Indiewise, Sankofa, MeccaCon and Egypt film festivals.
Mr. Ball is the recipient of the 2019 Tin House graphic novelist fellowship. He is the 2018 Chi-Teen Lit festival graphic novel speaker. He is also the recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Glyph rising star award for his writing on 133art's OneNation and OneNation: Old Druids. In 2009 Mr. Ball became the recipient of the first-ever Luminarts graphic novel writing award. He has also received Three Weisman Scholarships from Columbia College Chicago for his other graphic works. Mr. Ball has also created and written an online comic series, When we were Kings and Zulu,both published by popular entertainment website, Afropunk.com. He is the author of the crime thriller, Only The Holy Remain, published by Vital Narrative Press.
He has taught graphic novel writing at Noble charter High School in Chicago. He has written comic and graphic novel material for such companies as Di Bona Ventura Productions, Paramount pictures, Mcgraw-Hill, Lions forge comics, New Paradigm entertainment, Campfire graphic novels, and 133art.com.
His writing has been published in the literary magazine Annalemma, in Columbia College newspaper The Chronicle,online at Brokenfrontier.com,online for the Museum of contemporary Photography in Chicago, online for Comicbookresources.com, and an online graphic story for the literary magazine, Hypertextmag.com. His short stories of suspense have appeared in the Sin anthology by Avendia Press, Criminal Class Review as well as the online magazine, the heated forest.com