Nan Gerding was a writer, poet and fanzine editor.
Beginning in the 1950s she began working on fanzines. Her first fanzine was Starlanes, published with Orma McCormick. The first issue appeared in 1951 and the publication ran for a decade, ending in 1961. Starlanes was dedicated to science fiction and weird fantsy poetry. Writers who appeared in the fanzine included Joseph Payne Brennan, Phillip Jose Farmer, Lilith Lorraine, Edith Otgutsch, and many others.
At the same time Nan Gerding was also releasing other zines. Two issues of Nangel appeared the first in February 1958 and the second in May 1959. As well, she was publishing Spectator. Both these zines are in the Fanzine Collection at Temple University Libraries.
The book The Green Odyssey by Philip Jose Farmer is dedicated to Nan Gerding.