About Rachel Dacus


Rachel Abramson Dacus was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in the town of San Pedro, the port of Los Angeles). There she acquired a love for the ocean and the written word. She is the daughter of a rocket engineer and her name is on a piece of a rocket still circling the planet. She majored in English, French Literature and counterculture at the University of California at Berkeley during the interesting 1960's.

Earth Lessons, her first poetry collection, was published by Bellowing Ark Press in 1998. The poetry-and-music CD, A God You Can Dance followed in 2003. Her second full-length collection, Femme au chapeau,appeared from David Robert books in 2005. Her chapbook Another Circle of Delight was released by Small Poetry Press in 2007. 

Rachel Dacus's poems, stories and essays have appeared widely in print and online and have been included in these anthologies:Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English (Wesleyan University Press; 2000), Blue Arc West (Tebot Bach, 2006), Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008) and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer's Disease, from Kent State University Press. Her prose is featured in an anthology of travel essays: Italy, A Love Story (Seal Press, 2005). She interviews poets for Fringe Magazine. She works as a fundraising consultant and freelance writer. You can visit her fundraising website to learn more about her services. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.