Nancy Lord, a former Alaska Writer Laureate (2008-2010), holds a liberal arts degree from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In addition to being an independent writer based in Homer, Alaska, 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 and five books of literary nonfiction (most recently Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North, Counterpoint Press, 2011.) Her work is included in many anthologies, including Best American Spiritual Writing 2008.Nancy teaches part-time at the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College and in the low-residency graduate writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her awards include fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and residencies at a number of artist communities. Her project at Mesa Refuge is revising a comic novel that involves ocean science (including the effects of global warming and ocean acidification), a misinformation campaign, and the relationship between art and science.