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 currently teaches in both the University of Alaska Anchorage MFA creative writing program (which ends after this year) and the Johns Hopkins on-line graduate science writing program, and she regularly reviews Alaska- and north-related books for the Anchorage Daily News. Her other interests include bird and wildlife watching, hiking, kayaking, tidepooling, and beachcombing.