Ballentine attended Harvey Mudd College from 1972 to 1973. He studied at the University of California in San Diego, in 1973. During the next year, he was educated at the New Mexico State University, as well as at the University of Colorado, until 1975. At last, he obtained Bachelor of Science degree at the State University of New York, in 1976. In addition, he had a postgraduate study at the University of Colorado, from 1976 to 1977, and at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1978.
Throughout much of the 1980s, Ballentine worked on software systems and microprocessors for companies in Silicon Valley. During this time he published his first book of poems, Directional Information, which appeared in 1981, followed five years later by Basements in the Music Box.
The next year, 1987, Ballentine left the corporate environment to work first as an independent engineering consultant, then as a producer of technical and scientific books and documents under the company name Ocean View Technical Publications. In 1991, this company reformed under the name Professional Book Center, in Denver, Colorado, where, as a book packager, Ballentine and his partner Jennifer MacGregor produce about fifty books each year in partnership with larger publishers in New York, Boston, and California.
Among Ballentine’s collections of poetry are Dream Protocols, which he published in 1992, and Phase Language, which appeared in 1995. Ballentine also supplied contributions to numerous periodicals, including Abraxas, Exquisite Corpse, Portland Review, and Velocities.
In addition to working as a poet, Ballentine served as editor of Poly: New Speculative Writing, an anthology of poetry and prose influenced by surrealism, science, and science-fiction. This volume includes the works of such writers as Ray Bradbury, Bruce Boston, Robert Frazier, David Gascoyne, and David Lunde. A Locus reviewer called Poly “a serious and ambitious project” and added that its roots lie “both in and out of genre science fiction”.
(Journal of surrealism and found photography.)2007
(The author's second book of poems.)
(The author's first book.)
Lee Ballentine is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, the Book-builders West, the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association, the American Book Producers Association, the P.E.N. West, and the United States Chess Federation.
Lee married Jennifer Ursula Marie Moore, on August 20, 1983. They together have a child - Philip Alden Emerson.