Nancy Garruba was born and grew up in Trenton, New Jersey, and graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Comparative Literature. She has lived in Italy, in Florence and Sicily; New York; Boston; and Washington DC, where she lives currently. Her experiences in Florence as a young poet and novice bookbinder and bibliophile proved crucial to her development as an artist: she has ever since worked across the disciplines of writing, photography, and graphic design, creating artists’ books, photographs, and, most recently, two novels.
True Noble, Nancy’s first novel, was a finalist for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize. She has recently completed Lincoln at Mercy—a companion to True Noble. She is seeking representation for both books.
Speaking of True Noble—a compilation of three texts that uses archival and simulated vintage photographs—she says: “For me the text was first and foremost; the photographs may have functioned as an inspirational springboard but the story came first and needed to stand on its own. Only after I drafted the complete story did I consider which photographs, if any, might provide a liminal quality, a nonverbal — or ‘preverbal’ as it sometimes felt to me — element to the narrative.”
Nancy Garruba is a recipient of grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington Project for the Arts, and Art Matters Inc; and of numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. She has taught writing and artists’ book design at the Corcoran College of Art, University of Maryland, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Her artists’ books have been widely exhibited and collected, and can be seen in these museums and libraries.
Nancy has been a resident at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and Franklin Furnace.