A Rhode Islander by birth, Nancy Coggeshall began writing billet-douxs and long letters to penpals in Finland, Scotland, and Jamaica as a girl. At the University of Rhode Island, she studied with Nancy Potter (We Have Seen the Best of Our Times and Legacies) and later taught high school English in Toronto. Freelancing from rural Quebec in the 1970s, she became a contributing writer to Harrowsmith, then Canada’s third largest magazine. Two of her articles were anthologized in Harrowsmith’s Reader, and in 1978 she won a Writer’s Digest first prize for her profile of Australia’s 1976-Olympic show-jumping equestrian, Kevin Bacon.
Returning to Rhode Island after living out of the country for fifteen years, she wrote chiefly for horse magazines. She studied with Jincey Willett (Amy Falls Down, Jenny and the Jaws of Life, and The Winner of the National Book Award) in creative writing classes at Brown University. In New Mexico her writing has consisted chiefly of book reviews, along with feature articles and promotional pieces. Gila Country Legend: The Life and Times of Quentin Hulse is her first book.
She has lived in Chicago, Toronto, and London; New England, New France, and what once was New Spain, now New Mexico, have been her home. She has lived in that state’s southwest quadrant for twenty-six years.