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Andromeda Romano-Lax

Where: Anchorage
Genre(s): Fiction, literary nonfiction, journalism, screenwriting
Job(s): Executive Director of a nonprofit writing center, novelist, and freelance writer


Favorite Places in Alaska:
A corner of a friendly Kaladi Bros cafe, with laptop and a writing project underway, OR kayak along any Southeast Alaska shore (no laptop required)

Born in 1970 in Chicago, Andromeda Romano-Lax worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel, The Spanish Bow (Harcourt, 2007), was a New York Times Editor's Choice and was translated into 11 languages. Her second novel, The Discus Thrower (Soho Press, 2012), enlarges upon themes introduced in her debut novel, including questions about the role of art—and the promise of love—during wartime. Among Romano-Lax's nonfiction works are ten travel and natural history interpretive guidebooks to Alaska and Mexico, as well as a travel narrative, Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez: A Makeshift Expedition Along Baja's Desert Coast (Sasquatch Books). She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and two children, and is Executive Director and co-founder of the 49 Alaska Writing Center. She is the recipient of grants from the Alaska Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, which named her a 2009 Artist Fellow. A life-long student, she is currently pursuing her MFA at Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her official author website is


  • The Detour (fiction), Soho Press, 2012
  • The Spanish Bow (fiction), Harcourt, 2007
  • Searching for Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez (travel narrative), Sasquatch Books, 2002

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Listing last updated: February, 2015

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