Nan Gerding was a writer, poet and fanzine editor.
Beginning with the onset of the 1950s she began working on fanzines. Her first fanzine was Starlanes, with the subtitle "The International Quarterly of Science Fiction Poetry", 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 fantasy poetry. Writers who appeared in the fanzine included Joseph Payne Brennan (editor of Macabre), Philip Jose Farmer, Lilith Lorraine, Edith Otgutsch, and many others.
At the same time Nan Gerding was also releasing other zines. In 1954 she edited the first issue of Spectator, which was then turned over to other editors.
Nan Gerding released a series of fanzines whose titles played with variations of her name. Nandidn't appeared in January of 1954, followed by Nandu, of which 9 issues were released, form March of 1954 till July of 1956. Two issues of Nangel followed this series; the first in February 1958 and the second in May 1959. In the summer of 1959, she released Nandu.
The Chigger Patch of Fandom is Nan Gerding's other best known fanzine, edited with Bob Farnham and Ed Cox. It was also published in the 1950s and included contributions from Robert Bloch, Orma McCormick and many others.
Nan Gerding continued contributing to fanzines into the 1960s.
The book The Green Odyssey by Philip Jose Farmer is dedicated to Nan Gerding.