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.
Ways to Plot a Novel Working on a plot outline so you can plunge into your next big creative project, or getting ready to jump into National Novel Writing Month — could you use at least 10 ways to plot a novel? I have a list of articles for you. Actually, it’s a lot more […]
The evolution of a cover design for my novel The Renaissance Club has been a fascinating process. I’m thrilled with this cover art, showing my main character walking into a mysterious, dreamlike Italian Renaissance landscape. The scene shimmers with possibility, like the doorway in time through which she walks to meet her 17th century artist […]
For the decades that I’ve been writing, I’ve often wondered why writers wait so much. We wait for inspiration, we wait for writing time, and excruciatingly, we wait for responses from publishers and agents. Sometimes I’ve waited months for a reply to an agent query or a literary journal. Is it just me and my […]
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