Poet, Novelist, and Essayist Rachel Dacus

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.

Italy fiction
 

THE RENAISSANCE CLUB, a novel

Italian art inspired fiction

Would you give up everything, even the time in which you live, to be with your soul mate? May Gold, a college adjunct teacher, often dreams about the subject of her master’s thesis–Gianlorenzo Bernini. In her fantasies, she’s in his arms, the wildly adored partner of the man who invented the Baroque. But in reality, May has just landed in Rome with her teaching colleagues and older boyfriend. She considers herself a precocious failure and yearns to unleash her passion and creative spirit. Over the course of the tour, she realizes she has to choose—stay in a safe but stagnant existence, or take a risk.

Will May’s adventure in time ruin her life or lead to a magical new one? The Renaissance Club is forthcoming from Fiery Seas Publishing in 2018.

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The Renaissance Club by Rachel Dacus, time travel women

The Renaissance Club, a novel

 

GODS OF WATER AND AIR

Poetry and inspiration after loss

“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

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Gods of Water and Air by Rachel Dacus, poetry book

 

 

 

About Rachel

San Francisco Bay area author and poet, Rachel DacusI 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.

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