Nancy Ferrell is the author of several books for young readers and adults, of fiction and nonfiction in children's magazines, and adult nonfiction in magazines.
Nancy Ferrell graduated from Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin. She and her husband Ed Ferrell have lived in Juneau, Alaska for 35 years and raised their twins here. Before moving to Juneau, Nancy taught school for Eskimo and Indian children (K-8) at the BIA Hospital, Mt. Edgecumbe, Alaska (1959-1962). Since 1980 she has worked at the Juneau Public Library.
Nancy is a member of several professional organizations, including National League of American Pen Women, Society of Children's Book Writers, Southeast Alaska Society of Children's Book Writers, and the Alaska Library Association. In 1980, she was the Alaska Delegate to the National League of American Pen Women Biennial Conference in Washington, D. C.
Nancy has won numerous awards. In 1986 she won first place in the nonfiction section of the Biennial Writing Contest for the National League of American Pen Women for her book The Fishing Industry. In 1986 the Mayor and Assembly of Juneau presented Nancy with an Outstanding Achievement Award for young readers books promoting Juneau and Alaska. She also won a 1994/1995 Recognition Award presented by the Alaska Geographic Alliance for authorship of Alaska's Elementary Geography Book.
In addition to her busy writing and work schedule, Nancy is an indefatigable traveler. She has visited Europe five times, Australia and New Zealand twice, Mexico, Canada, and Vladivostok, Russia.
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