The daughter of a rocket engineer father who was also an accomplished painter, and a musician mother, Rachel’s creativity ignited in her father’s studio and at her mother’s piano. At age ten she penned a mystery novel, then a play at age eleven, and at thirteen began to write poetry. Joining the Poetry Club at the University of California at Berkeley, Rachel met Bay Area poets and began to write and publish poetry.
Her first book, Earth Lessons, (now on Kindle) appeared in 1998 (Bellowing Ark Press). In 2005, she published a second collection, Femme au Chapeau, to acclaim from poets, public, and reviewers. Poet and professor Terri Brown-Davidson called it “thrilling, one-of-a-kind poetry” and, praising its “rich layerings of sonicism” and “glittering poetic surface,” called it high art.
Her newest book contains poetry, prose, and drama. Gods of Water and Air is a passionate exploration of personal transformation, delving into everything from reincarnation to growing up with an artist and rocket scientist father, to living in an immigrant community on the Pacific Ocean. One reviewer called the book “as deliciously diverse as it is spellbinding.”
An art history trip to study the Renaissance in northern Italy inspired a series of essays, one of which appeared in the Seal Press anthology Italy: A Love Affair. This theme gave rise to her current work. The Impresario of Ecstasy is a time-travel play involving the great Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Renaissance Club is the novel from which the play derives its themes and characters. Both are works-in-progress.
She has published widely in print and online, including poems, essays, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and stories. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as a fundraising consultant, operating her own firm, Rachel Dacus Resource Development. Visit her fundraising website to learn more about her services.
Photo: Jim MacKinnon