Nancy McKinley, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, grew up in Packanack Lake, Wayne, New Jersey, and was educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph and Charity who prompted her pathways to writing, social justice, and life-affirming humor. She earned her Ph.D. from SUNY-Binghamton (now Binghamton University), receiving the John Gardner Newhouse Award; M.A. from Colorado State University; and B.A. from College of the Holy Cross where she was one of the first females at the previously male school.
Early in her career, Nancy taught language arts, social studies, and outdoor education in underserved communities, and wrote freelance articles for a variety of publications. She is a founding faculty member for the Wilkes University Maslow Family Low-Residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing, teaching fiction and nonfiction, and supervises the writer-as-teacher internships. Having called Pennsylvania home for twenty-five years, she now lives in Colorado with her spouse, Mike, and visits daughters, Darcy, Kelsi, and Hali around the globe.