For if the modern mind is whimsical and discursive, the classical mind is narrow, unhesitating, relentless. It is not a quality of intelligence that one encounters frequently these days. But though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive.

Donna Tartt, The Secret History
Nancy enjoying a sunny day in Dublin.

Nancy Garcia Zigler (she/ella) is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, based in Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. At Smith, she also teaches as a university lecturer, and runs several skill-building social-justice oriented fellowships. Nancy has a B.A. in Chemistry and a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M, as well as a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught university courses in journalism, literature, composition, and creative writing for three years via a fully funded Teaching Assistantship.

Prior to working at Smith, Nancy worked at NASA, Union Pacific Railroad, the EPA, and research labs across the country. Nancy is passionate about art, literature, and writing, most recently receiving the juried 2022 Winter Story Award from The Masters Review. She will participate in the 2023 Juniper Institute Summer Writing Residency at the University of Massachusetts. Nancy is mother to a joyous 5-year old son, and lives with her family in Westfield, Massachusetts.

You can contact Nancy at nancyjgarcia [at] gmail [dot] com. Her work can be found in print, online, and in audio.

Check out a few of Nancy’s latest art journaling projects below.