Nancy Lord 2012  

Nancy Lord

Fiction / Nonfiction

Telephone: 907.786.4394



Nancy Lord, a long-time resident of Homer, Alaska, holds a liberal arts degree from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In addition to being an independent writer, she fished commercially for many years and more recently worked as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships. She is the author of three short fiction collections (most recently The Man Who Swam with Beavers) and five books of literary nonfiction (most recently Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-changed North.) She has also worked in and published additional genres including poetry, playwriting, book reviews, op-eds, and radio commentaries, and she has recently completed a novel. Her work regularly appears in journals, magazines, and anthologies. She teaches part-time at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, and has also taught in the M.F.A. programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has won fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and numerous artist residencies. She served from 2008-10 as the Alaska Writer Laureate. She is an active conservationist and enjoys beach combing, berry picking, and bird and wildlife watching.

Teaching Philosophy

I especially enjoy individual mentoring and assisting students with the discovery process.  I see my teaching role as one of helping to identify possibilities (which often means breaking old patterns).  I love helping to locate the "central question" to be explored in a piece of writing, and then working with the student on the craft elements that bring the writing to its fullest meaning. I'm a careful and thorough manuscript critiquer who fills pages with marginalia, particularly questions, and I often suggest readings as models for achieving particular effects. (I believe reading as a writer is an essential part of being a writer.)  Although my own writing tends to be place-based and concerned with environmental and psychological inquiry, I'm interested in the entire world of ideas that each student is uniquely able to enter and present. I'm perhaps especially excited to explore with advanced students alternative structures and cross-genre writing.  I also provide one model of a working writer and enjoy guiding students into futures of reading, writing, publishing, and general participation in the larger community of writers.