The Alaska State Council on the Arts has chosen Homer writer Nancy Lord as the new Alaska State Writer Laureate.
Lord will serve a two-year term that began Oct. 1, 2008. She succeeds State Writer Laureate John Straley from Sitka.
As writer laureate, Lord will represent the council and the state of Alaska in communities, schools and libraries conducting workshops and readings.
"I've known Nancy for over a decade, since we served together on the Board of the Alaska Humanities Forum," said Ben Brown, chairman of the council. "I was delighted when she was recommended for the position of State Writer Laureate, and I wasn't the least bit surprised that the council unanimously chose her for this important job. Nancy has wonderful insight in the Alaskan experience, and both the emotional and intellectual intelligence to serve all Alaskans well in this new capacity."
Lord is the author of three short fiction collections and three literary nonfiction books, and for many years has written and recorded commentaries for National Public Radio's "Living on Earth" program. Her stories and essays have appeared in many journals and magazines and have been frequently anthologized.
Lord has received two Boochever fellowships, a Rasmuson fellowship, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writing Conference, and numerous fellowships for writing residencies.
She is a graduate of Hampshire College and earned an Master of Fine Arts in writing from Vermont College. She moved to Homer in 1973 and has taught fiction and nonfiction writing workshops as well as classes in nature and memoir writing in Alaska since then.
Lord's new essay collection and memoir, "Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life," is forth-coming from University of Nebraska Press in 2009.