On the medical side, I have more than 17 years of experience and write for a variety of venues including continuing medical education, journals, legal reference books, corporate advisory groups, and national and international medical symposia. With an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry and postgraduate certification in clinical laboratory medicine, I hold certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

On the creative side, my work has received "notable" recognition in Best American Essays 2013, Best Spiritual Writing 2013, Best American Essays 2012, Best Spiritual Writing 2012, and Best American Essays 2010, as well as multiple Pushcart nominations, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, Comment, Under the Sun, Saint Katherine Review, Relief, Lake Effect, and Desert Call. I am the author of Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul (Baker, 2004) and my work has also been anthologized in The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, edited by Leslie Leyland Fields (Cascade Press, 2010), and Becoming: What Makes a Woman, edited by Jill McCabe Johnson (University of Nebraska Gender Studies Program, 2012).

I hold a Master of Fine Arts Degree in nonfiction writing and am a member of the American Medical Writers Association, the Authors Guild, the Loft Literary Center, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. My husband and I have two sons and live in Minneapolis.


© 2003–2014. All rights reserved. Nancy J. Nordenson.

Photo by: Dani Werner


"On the wall of one of the cathedral bays at Saint John's, the one called the Poet's Corner, there is an inscription carved into the stone that quotes Willa Cather: 'Thy will be done in art as it is in heaven.' Amen, I say. And in plumbing and paper pushing and publishing as well. And in teachering and boardmembering and doctoring and bricklaying, for that matter. Or in whatever else it turns out is the work that you and I are given to do by the One who is looking forward to seeing our "stone" in the long-awaited Cathedral."
–Robert Benson, from Between the Dreaming and the Coming True

Selected Creative Works

Books
Anthologies
Includes my essay "Things that Fall and Things that Stand"
Includes my essay "Ontology"
Online
Essays
Under The Sun, 2012
Saint Katherine Review 2011, volume 2, number 3
"Notable Mention" in Best Spiritual Writing 2012
Indiana Review, Volume 33, Number 2, Winter 2011-12
"Notable Mention" in Best American Essays 2011
Comment Magazine, September 2010 "Notable Mention" in Best Spiritual Writing 2011
Anthology selection, Fall 2010
Harpur Palate, Summer 2009 "Notable mention" in Best American Essays 2010
A list of additional works
Bookstore

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