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Nancy Mendenhall

Where: Nome
Genre(s): literary nonfiction, spoken word
Job(s):retired commercial fisherman, educator, currently subsistence fisherman

Email:mendenhallnancy01 (at)

Favorite Places in Alaska: I am torn between two places--the the inlets and passages of SE Alaska and the ocean, hills, streams, and valleys of the Seward Peninsula.

Bio: I came to Alaska from the Puget Sound area in 1961 and for ten years combined teaching and salmon trolling, mainly in Southeast. I moved to Western Alaska in 1971, again to teach, also adult education and administration. Summers have been mainly setnet fishing near Nome, other subsistence, and lots of hiking, cross-country skiing. I'm always writing. Currently I have a manuscript being reviewed by a University Press: "Rough Waters: Our North Pacific Small Fishermen's Battle for Survival; a Fishing Family's Perspective"


  • Rough Waters: Our North Pacific Small Fishermen's Battle -- A Fishing Family's Perspective (nonfiction), Far Eastern Press, 2015
  • Beachlines: A Pocket History of Nome; (social history) George Sabo, 1997.
  • Orchards of Eden: White Bluffs on the Columbia: 1907-1943; (social history) Far Eastern Press, 2006.

Please contact me for workshops and manuscript consultation.
I work with community writers.
Special Interests:
I have a particular interest in small commercial fishermen, northern environment advocates, northern cultures, oral history interests.

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Listing last updated: December, 2015

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