I write creative nonfiction books and magazine articles, produce social media content, and manage the Nancy Wood Literary Trust. I am currently preparing for and hiking diagonally across Colorado from the NE to SW corners, a backpacking and literary sequel to my 2020 hike from the SE to NW corners. In 2021 I completed the first draft of Going Diagonal, an adventure story of my first diagonal hike and efforts to meet everyone: Democrat and Republican, environmentalist and rancher, non-religious and Christian evangelical. We have much in common, if only we would listen to each other.
Born in 1966, I grew up in Colorado Springs in a house built by a woman welder. When asked to state my mother’s occupation in preschool, I called her a “typewriter”; Nancy Wood was actually a noted poet, book author, and photographer. My father Myron Wood was a camera who focused his prolific lens on Colorado and New Mexico. My parents were supportive but distracted, so I was actually raised by a dinosaur named Alice, the subject of my unpublished memoir, The Dinosaur’s Daughter.
In 1984 I left behind my dinosaur and quarter horse and boarded People Express airlines to New England. I earned a BA in English literature at Dartmouth College while beating boys at billiards in Meister Brau-scented frat basements. I insisted I would never be a writer like Mom, a difficult genius who suffered from mental illness. After college I marketed and sold books and academic tests for Houghton Mifflin in Africa and the Caribbean. Frustrated with men discounting my business wiles, I hunted up an MBA from MIT. I then managed marketing and product development for digital publishers NewsEdge, FamilyEducation Network, and Sky and Telescope in the Boston area.
But I felt like a wildflower in a plastic pot in New England, so in 2002 my husband, two kids, and I moved to Boulder, Colorado. The kids and I camped in more than 50 different places, unknown hideouts like Tarryall Creek, Purgatory Canyon, and Mt. Sherman. I founded Hart Business Research in the basement. The firm researched and wrote national studies of the fine art and craft materials markets, helping family and women-owned businesses compete against large corporations. I still said I wasn’t a writer despite writing 15 publications.
Then my camping-buddy kids went off to college and Mom died in 2013. With her gone, I began to write my memoir about finding a dinosaur as a way to rediscover my wild woman self: a nature-loving and capable person who chooses her own dirt path as a writer, like Mom. No one can outrun their mother or an allosaurus.
- Wrote feature article, “Going Diagonal”, in May-June 2022 issue of Colorado Life.
- Edited and wrote biography for My Help Is in the Mountain: The Selected Poetry of Nancy Wood (NWLT, 2022).
- Dartmouth College, English Literature B.A., 1988
- Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop
- Elements of a Strong Story, Rachel Weaver, 2021
- Five Things You Find in a Scene, John Cotter, 2021
- Nature Writing workshop with Helen MacDonald, 2019
- Nonfiction Writing workshop with Joel Warner, 2018
- The Big Edit with Eleanor Brown, 2016
- Advanced Novel and Short Story workshop with Erika Krouse, 2015
- Seminars on poetry, dialogue, scenes, story, plot, endings
- Author of 15 business publications published by Interweave Press, F+W Media, and others, 2003–2016
- Nancy Wood Literary Trust trustee: Manage licensing and foreign rights for my mother’s 28 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Produce Poem of the Month e-newsletter with a 65% open rate.
- Laura Pritchett, recipient of the PEN USA Award for Fiction and director of the nature writing program at Western Colorado University, edited my memoir.
- Produced award-winning astronomy website for Sky and Telescope magazine, 2000–2002.
- MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, 1996
- International sales and marketing, Africa and Caribbean, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1989–1993