Welcome to my virtual writers den, where poetry, stories, and history intersect. Here, a bottle of virtual ink is always handy. This ink only spills the best secrets—tales whispered by a stranger in a Venetian caffe, confessions of desperate preteens in a quiet room. Memories with tendrils twining back to another time and place. Lots of ink and secrets to share in my pages.
GODS OF WATER AND AIR
“Rachel Dacus directs her steady gaze on art’s meticulous and sometimes maddening labor, on the deep grief and explosive beauty of a daughter’s attachment to her fading father, and on love’s latent withering and re-blossoming.” – Deema Shehabi, author, Thirteen Departures from the Moon
“Rachel Dacus’ father was a painter, and some of the strongest poems in the book are about him, painting, and his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Other poems imagine a series of meetings with the artist Monet and his paintings that resemble ‘a poem made of a thousand commas.’” – Amazon Review
“What a treat! Poems that float off the lips and tongue and into the soul.” – Amazon Review
I can’t seem to confine myself to one written form. Poems, novels, plays, memoirs, and essays all spring from my pen. My work has appeared in many journals, including Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. My essays and book reviews have appeared in The Pedestal, Whale Road Review, and Avatar Review. My essay, “Venice and the Passion to Nurture,” was included in the anthology Italy: A Love Story: Women Write About the Italian Experience (Seal Press). I live in the San Francisco area, which I love to travel, pretending I’m one of the many tourists who come for the natural beauty, the fascinatingly diverse culture, the beautiful fresh air and water, and of course the scads of wineries. All these things remind of Italy, and so I continue my Italian adventure right here in my own backyard.
Can there only be two types of characters in stories? I’ve read many articles about types of stories, claiming that there are a limited number of stories in existence. I don’t believe it. Not for a second. There are as many stories as there are human beings — and humanity is changing all the time. […]
I’m thrilled to be part of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association first ever quarterly Author Happy Hour. Thursday, March 22, at 7 pm Eastern Time (4 pm PacificDaylight) I’ll be on live video, answering questions and chatting with three other women’s fiction authors! I’ll be talking about how my debut novel, The Renaissance Club, came […]
My Author Interview at Fiery Seas is up today! A few tidbits of writing tips, author secrets, and comments on movie stars from the conversation: Which book would you want adapted for the silver screen? The Renaissance Club was made for the big screen. Just think of all those gorgeous places in Italy — Rome, […]
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