PUBLISHED: 6:06 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Nancy Lord named new State Writer Laureate
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska State Council on the Arts has chosen Homer writer Nancy Lord as the new Alaska State Writer Laureate. She will serve a two-year term beginning Oct. 1. She succeeds current State Writer Laureate, John Straley from Sitka.

As State Writer Laureate, Lord will represent the Council and the State of Alaska in communities, schools and libraries conducting workshops and readings.

"Nancy has wonderful insight in the Alaskan experience, and both the emotional and intellectual intelligence to serve all Alaskans well in this new capacity," said Ben Brown, chairman of the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Lord is the author of three short fiction collections but is best known for her three literary nonfiction books: "Fishcamp: Life on an Alaskan Shore," "Green Alaska: Dreams from the Far Coast," and "Beluga Days: Tracking a White Whale's Truths."

Her stories and essays have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, Sierra, North American Review, More, and Fourth Genre. Her work is also well anthologized.

Lord is a graduate of Hampshire College and earned an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College. Lord moved to Homer in 1973. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing workshops and classes in nature and memoir writing for many years at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College/University of Alaska, and she is on the faculty of the low-residency graduate writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has been a visiting writer in Alaska schools from Unalaska to Pelican and at colleges and institutes from Maine to Texas. She is a regular faculty participant at the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference in Homer.

For more information about Nancy Lord or to contact her, visit http://www.nancylord.