Rachel Dacus - poet, women's fiction author

Rachel Dacus is a poet, novelist, and essayist.

Her most recent book is The Invisibles, is the story of two half-sisters who clash over their inherited cottage on the coast of Italy, with its resident ghost. Two sisters. One ghost. An impossible sacrifice. “An enjoyable, romantic read.”

Her time travel novel, The Renaissance Club, is 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.

Her writing has appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Pedestal, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, and in many anthologies.

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. 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 Invisibles, a novel of sisterhood with a touch of the supernatural, called “an enjoyable, romantic read.” The Renaissance Club is a time travel love story featuring 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 written four poetry collections: Arabesque, Gods of Water and Air (poetry, prose, and drama), Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. She lives in Northern California with her husband and Silky Terrier. When not writing, she raises funds for good causes.

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