Nancy Lord, a former Alaska State Writer Laureate (2008-2010), is the author of three short story collections, five books of literary nonfiction including Beluga Days and Early Warming, and the 2017 novel pH. She also edited the anthology Made of Salmon. Her work has appeared widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies and has been honored with awards including a Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College and has received two individual artist’s fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a Rasmuson artist fellowship, and numerous fellowships at artists’ colonies and residency programs. She is an
adjunct professor at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-UAA and is on the faculty of University of Alaska Anchorage’s low-residency MFA writing program. Since 2015 she’s also been teaching in the Johns Hopkins on-line graduate science writing program.
Nancy generally calls herself an environmental writer. The most compelling subjects for her these days have to do with global warming/climate change and environmental and social justice. She is also an activist in these areas and believe that art plays an essential role in social movements.
Nancy has enjoyed artist residencies in many places and appreciate the trifecta of dedicated time for her art, interacting with other artists, and getting to know a new place (which always stimulates new work.) She was especially drawn to Stiwdio Maelor for personal reasons. First, her grandmother’s family (named Roberts)
came from North Wales, and she would really like to explore those roots and whatever genetic attachment she finds in the landscape and culture. (She has just learned from a cousin that the family village no longer exists but was near Snowdonia. Second, she needs a break from the corrosive American politics that disturb her every day; she seeks to recharge in a very different environment. Nancy is fond of hiking, bird and wildlife watching, and exploring in nature generally. These all feed her writing, as does reading. (She especially wants to read Welsh writers, of which she feels woefully ignorant, except for Dylan Thomas!) Nancy has spent a lot of
time in wild country, and would like to experience a land that is more historied, settled, with different stories. She’d also like, in a small town setting, to get to know people from different backgrounds, with different life experiences.