Nancy Ragno is author of WORD SAVVY: Use the Right Word Every Time, All the Time (Writer's Digest Books, 2011). She is co-author of the language arts series World of Language and its predecessors, Silver Burdett & Ginn English and Silver Burdett English. She earned her B.A. at Lebanon Valley College, her M.A. at New York University, and is a former teacher, lecturer, and textbook editor. In addition to her textbook series, she has written plays, biographies, and nonfiction for the middle grades, as well as teaching materials for numerous programs in language arts, reading, literature, speech, spelling, and social studies for major publishers. Her biography is included in Marquis' Who's Who.
Originally from Philadelphia, she currently resides in Baneberry, TN. There you may often find her at the Knoxville Zoo's Close Encounter Village,where she works as a volunteer, explaining bio-facts to visitors and assisting with their "close up and personal" encounters with birds and small animals. Her interests include organic gardening, wildlife, wine-making, and playing the bassoon. During her college years, she was first-chair bassoonist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and she maintains her interest in music and support of local musical organizations, with special emphasis on the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.