Nancy, who makes her home in Homer, Alaska, is passionate about place, history, and the natural environment. From her many years of commercial salmon fishing and, later, work as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships, she’s explored in both fiction and nonfiction the myths and realities of life in the north. Among her published books are three collections of short stories and five works of literary nonfiction, including the memoir Fishcamp, the cautionary Beluga Days, and the front-lines story of climate change, Early Warming. In 2016 she edited the anthology Made of Salmon: Alaska Stories From The Salmon Project. Her (first!) novel, pH, was published in 2017 by WestWinds Press/Graphic Arts/Alaska Northwest Books.
Nancy was honored as Alaska Writer Laureate for 2008-10, a term during which she traveled throughout the state to promote Alaska writers, writing, and libraries.
Nancy is originally from New Hampshire and holds degrees from Hampshire College (B.A. in liberal arts) and Vermont College of Fine Arts (M.F.A. in fiction writing.) She taught for many years in the University of Alaska Anchorage system, including in its now-defunct (thanks state budget cuts!) low-residency M.F.A. program. She currently teaches in the on-line Johns Hopkins University M.A. science writing program.
Her awards include fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and a number of artist residencies. Her work has appeared in many magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Best Spiritual Writing.
Since 2015 she has been regularly reviewing Alaska-related books for the Anchorage Daily News.
Nancy also engages in conservation and community-building causes. She has served on the boards of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the University of Alaska Press (among others.) She chaired Homer’s successful New Library campaign in 2002-05 and is rightly proud of her community library.
She enjoys hiking, kayaking, berry picking, beach combing, bird and wildlife watching, and playing pickleball. She also enjoys sitting in a comfy chair to read!
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