Creative Writing and Literary Arts
MFA, Vermont College; BA, Hampshire College
Nancy Lord, a long-time resident of Homer, Alaska, is an independent writer, she fished commercially for many years and has, more recently, worked as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships. Her work regularly appears in journals, magazines, and anthologies. She has won numerous honors and fellowships, including grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, and a Pushcart Prize. Nancy is an active conservationist and enjoys beach combing, berry picking, and bird and wildlife watching.
| ||Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North|
In Early Warming, Nancy Lord takes a cutting-edge look at how communities in the North—where global warming is amplified and climate-change effects are most immediate—are responding with desperation and creativity. This beautifully written and measured narrative takes us deep into regions where the indigenous people who face life-threatening change also demonstrate impressive conservation ethics and adaptive capacities. Underpinned by a long acquaintance with the North and backed with scientific and political sophistication, Lord's vivid account brings the challenges ahead for us all into ice-water clarity.
| ||Rock Water Wild: An Alaskan Life|
A modern-day retracing of the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition.. In 1899, railroad tycoon Edward Harriman assembled a company of exceptional characters including John Burroughs, John Muir, Edward Curtis, William Dall, George Bird Grinnell, and Louis Agassiz Fuertes. They cruised glacial fjords, collected specimens, and photographed Alaska's native peoples. Almost one hundred years after the original voyage Nancy Lord follows in Harriman's steps, seeking to understand this century's attitudes toward nature, landscape, and culture.Lord takes readers along as she journeys among salmon, sea lions, geese, moose, bears, glaciers, and indigenous languages and ultimately into a new understanding, beyond geographic borders, of our intricate and intimate connections to the natural world.
| ||Beluga Days: Tracking a White Whale's Truth|
Living in waters adjacent to Anchorage, Alaska, the beluga whales of Cook Inlet are an isolated and genetically distinct population. Thought to number more than 1000 in the early 1990s, a sharp population decline has brought them near extinction. Lord's story offers readers a deeper understanding of the often uncomfortable, often rewarding, juxtaposition of humans, and the natural world.
| ||The Man Who Swam with Beavers|
Inspired by the Native Alaskan myths and legends of her adopted state, Nancy Lord explores the persistent human need for contact with nature in the quietly iconic fables set that make up The Man Who Swam with Beavers.
| ||Fish Camp: Life on an Alaskan Shore|
With poetic cadence and magical tone, Lord writes of her life from June to August, days filled with the mending of nets, the muscle-wrenching labor of the catch, the exquisite pleasure of an improvised hot-tub, and the often subtle beauty of the inlet's flora and fauna. Woven throughout Lord's adventures in the deeper history of the region-stories and legends of the native Dena'ina people; anecdotes about past and current residents; descriptions of their neighbors, both human and animal, who, like Lord and her partner, live with fish.
| ||Green Alaska: Dreams from the Far Coast|
A modern-day retracing of the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition. In 1899, railroad tycoon Edward Harriman assembled a company of exceptional characters including John Burroughs, John Muir, Edward Curtis, William Dall, George Bird Grinnell, and Louis Agassiz Fuertes. They cruised glacial fjords, collected specimens, and photographed Alaska's native peoples. Almost one hundred years after the original voyage, Nancy Lord follows in Harriman's steps, seeking to understand this century's attitudes toward nature, landscape, and culture.