Rachel Dacus

Rachel Abramson Dacus is a poet and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of three poetry books and a spoken word poetry CD. Dacus’ most recent book, Gods of Water and Air, combines poetry, prose, and drama.  It follows two poetry collections, Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau.

Office pic #1-croppedGods 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.”

Her writing has appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Pedestal, Valaparaiso Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, as well as in many poetry anthologies. She is at work on a novel of the great Baroque sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. An art history trip to study the Italian Renaissance also inspired essays, one of which is included in the anthology Italy: A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience (Seal Press).

With a rocket engineer father who also painted and a mother who is a musician, Rachel’s creativity was ignited early. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as a fundraising consultant.

Photo: Jim MacKinnon


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