Rachel Dacus - poet, women's fiction author

Rachel Dacus is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Her most recent book is a time travel novel, The Renaissance Club, the story of 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini meeting his superfan from another era. Praised as “enchanting, rich, and romantic … a poetic journey through the folds of time”, the story weaves together art, love, passion, ambition, and the glories of Renaissance Italy in a magical fabric.

Magical realism runs through Dacus’ four collections of poetry, as well. Her most recent, Arabesque, pairs the looped swirls notating language, from its earliest days chiseled in stone, with the graceful curve of a dancer’s toe pointing outward. The poems point in many directions: love and loss, birth and death, family and loneliness, sensuality and discipline—until the balanced  opposites illuminate life’s continuum. Earlier poetry collections are Gods of Water and Air, Femme au Chapeau, andEarth Lessons.

Rachel is working on another magical realism novel, 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 lives in the San Francisco Area with her architect husband and Silky Terrier. When not writing. she raises funds for art, education, healthcare, and other good causes. She has traveled to Italy and India. Rachel loves setting her stories in exotic places. She plans to expand her journeys beyond countries that start with the letter “I”. The daughter of a painter who was also a rocket engineer, Rachel often writes about art. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association and Authors 18.

Short Bio

Rachel Dacus is the author of The Renaissance Club. The time travel love story features the great 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, who meets and falls for his superfan from future time. The book has been called “Enchanting, rich and romantic.” Dacus has also written four poetry collections: Arabesque, Gods of Water and Air (poetry, prose, and drama), Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. Her writing has appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, and in many anthologies. She lives in Northern California with her husband and Silky Terrier. When not writing, she raises funds for good causes.

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