Rachel Dacus - poet, women's fiction author

Rachel Dacus is a poet, essayist, and novelist whose themes are love, history, and time. Her debut novel, The Renaissance Club, was published by Fiery Seas Publishing in 2018. It’s the story of a young art historian who steps through a fold in time and meets her soul mate, a fiery Italian artist who lived in another century. Praise for the novel — “enchanting, rich, and romantic” — describes the stories Rachel enjoys reading and writing, preferably set in exotic places.

She has published  four collections of poetry, most recently Arabesque (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Earlier books are Gods of Water and Air (Aldrich Press), Femme au Chapeau (David Robert Books), and Earth Lessons (Bellowing Ark Press).

She lives with her architect husband and their Silky Terrierist and loves pretending to be a tourist in the culturally rich and beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, where she has been since her student days at the University of California, Berkeley. Rachel has traveled to Italy and India, and she plans to continue writing about those places, and to expand her journeys beyond countries that start with the letter “I”.

She’s the daughter of a fine art painter who was also a bipolar rocket engineer (yes, there’s a memoir on the way!). She learned early that being  creative and a little crazy is okay. She’s a member of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association and Authors 18.

The Renaissance Club

Rachel Dacus in Venice, Italy, 1991.
Rachel in Venice, Italy, 1990.

The Renaissance Club featuries a young art historian whose specialty is the sculpture of 17th century artist Gianlorenzo Bernini. What happens when time bends and May Gold gets to meet her hero face to face? Get a copy and find out. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. Will there be a sequel? Inspired by requests, she’s working on one involving the magical time travel tour guide, the elegant George St. James.

The Invisibles

Rachel is now completing another novel, on The Invisibles, the story of two half-sisters who clash over their inherited cottage on the coast of Italy, with its resident ghost, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. She also plans novella-length and full-length sequels and prequels to The Renaissance Club.


Rachel Dacus’ fourth poetry collection has been published by FutureCycle Press. Yes, it includes a poem about giraffes! And many other things, including a dead-drunk superhero.

Short Bio

Rachel Dacus is the author of The Renaissance Club, a time travel romantce novel involving the great Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. The book has been called ““Enchanting, rich and romantic…a poetic journey through the folds of time.” Dacus’ book Gods of Water and Air is a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. Her other poetry collections are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Dacus’ poetry and prose have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.  Her fourth poetry collection, Arabesque, was published in August 2018 from FutureCycle Press. A nearly native Californian, Rachel resides in Northern California with her husband and Silky Terrier, and she raises funds for great causes.

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