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Published Works


A Hunting Story

Published in the Raleigh Review in Spring 2020. Part of the Arcot Island story cycle.

Sister Hercules

Published in 2010, ultimately connected to Arcot Island through the character of Brianna, this story looks at the relationship of two sisters, and the power of myths.

How To Lead A Sea Kayaking Trip During A Norte

From the Author's Notes:

Published in 2010, "How to Lead a Sea Kayaking Trip During a Norte" began as a poem, and by the time I realized that it was a story, the second-person voice was so woven into the narrative that it wouldn't be removed. While I guided in Baja, this story is fiction. Except for when it's not."

The Islander

Published in 2010, part of "Arcot Island," a collection of inter-connected short stories following boyhood friends David and Roy, along with the lives they touch and affect, in "The Islander," Roy is a closeted gay man working as a prison guard on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, trapped by his past and present.



The Heifer 

Essay published in The Whitefish Review, Volume 23, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2019.


"Edges," is an essay concerning our evolving spiritual and physical relationship with place and was published in the Potomac Review,Issue 44, Fall 2008, and was selected by Robert Atwan as one of the notable essays of 2008 in The Best American Essays 2009 anthology, edited by Mary Oliver.


Sea Kayaking Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay

“The book, in readable, narrative style, consists of the authors’ 30 favorite day paddles. Their nicely chosen list visits virtually all of Maryland’s tidewater counties, with 13 paddles on the western shore and 17 on the Eastern Shore.”
–Tom Horton, The Baltimore Sun, “At the Water’s Edge,” August 29, 2004

Sea Kayaking Virginia

“Here is a well-planned, practical guide to personal adventuring by paddle craft in waters familiar to many of us. Nolan, an Annapolis sea kayaking guide and instructor, has spent a great deal of time venturing into little known niches of the Chesapeake Bay and its labyrinth of ancillary waterways.”
–Paul Sullivan, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA, Saturday, December 2, 2006