Nancy Takacs

            

Books, Poems, and Upcoming Events

The Worrier poems, Juniper Prize for Poetry

Readings and Poetry

October 15th, 7 pm, "Ancient Myths in Contemporary Voices," Reading, along with Danielle Dubrasky and Shanan Ballam, Ken Sanders Bookstore, Salt Lake City

Utah Humanities Book Festival https://www.kensandersbooks.com/pages/events/185/danielle-dubrasky-shanan-ballam-nancy


October 17th, 7 pm, 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry for The Worrier, along with Finalists Mike White and Adam Giannelli, Utah Humanities Book Festival, Printed Garden Bookstore, Sandy, UT http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/


October 25th, Weber State University,

Book Discussion, Workshop, and Reading , 12 pm. 


"The Bear Feeder" and 'Waterfall"

https://www.terrain.org/2008/poetry/nancy-takacs/


"The Worrier  toad" and "The Worrier  red-winged blackbirds" 

https://www.terrain.org/2015/poetry/two-poems-by-nancy-takacs/


"The Great American Jacket"

http://adirondackreview.homestead.com/takacs.html


"Flicker"

http://www.limberlostpress.com/sampler/289-the-flicker-nancy-takacs.html


"The Worrier   hatred" and "The Worrier  volunteer"

Letter to America, terrain.org 2016

https://www.terrain.org/2016/poetry/letter-to-america-takacs/


"The Voices" https://www.fairmontstate.edu/kestrel/sites/default/files/issues/contributions/24%20Takacs%20Voices.pdf


"The Worrier boaters" 

http://www.quillandparchment.com/archives/Dec2015/worr.html





Reviews of Echo poems in Red Voice

  • "In Red Voice," Nancy Takacs explores a voice of adventure and wisdom, of finding a way, through rough music and appetite . . . to reach a place where a lover must promise that 'he will not speak until/it improves on silence.'" -- Donna J. Long, poet and editor of Kestrel, and Isle of Flowers


  • "Here, as throughout the body of her work. . . . Takacs has a way of making language seem to spill onto the page: her soul, it seems, writes through her."  -- Carol Henrikson, author of The Well, and Knowing Nothing About Gypsies



awards, bio, and publications

    Nancy Takacs's poetry has appeared in The Harvard Review, Kestrel, Hayden's Ferry Review, Nimrod, Weber, and many other literary journals. She is the recipient of awards, including The Juniper Prize, Finalist for the National Poetry Series, The Sherwin Howard Poetry Prize, the Kay Saunders Poetry Prize, the 2018 15 Bytes Poetry Prize, the 2016 15 Bytes Poetry Prize, The Nation/Discovery Award, and the book-length Poetry Award from the Utah Arts Council. Nancy has also been an artist-in-the schools, as well as in prisons. An MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, she is an emeritus professor at Utah State University Eastern, and former wilderness studies instructor. She currently teaches writing workshops privately, and for communities of writers, nature and its wild places a source of inspiration for her writing as well as her teaching. Helping others find their voice through the writing process is a focus in her classes. Nancy lives in Wellington, Utah, with her husband Jan, and their two dogs. The San Rafael Swell nearby is one of her favorite hiking places. She spends time in Bayfield, Wisconsin, 

also happy to be near the Big Lake. 

"Talking to God on Black Bear Road" and "Heavy Weather" forthcoming in 

American Journal of Poetry, Winter, 2019


"Accident" and "Light Box" forthcoming in  2River Review, Winter 2019


"Lavender" and "Lillies" forthcoming, Kestrel, Spring 2019


"Dearest Water"  Clover, 

Summer 2018


"Poem for Women Only" and "Driving to Town for Mangoes" forthcoming, Limberlost Review, Winter 2018. 


"Pieces in a Whole Mirror" and "A Mirror's Reply" Sugarhouse Review, Summer 2018.


"What the Landscape Might Say" 

commemorative poem for the Helper Project's Fine Art Landscape Show https://www.thehelperproject.net/ptta-portfolio/helper-and-the-landscape/


Red Voice, Finishing Line Press, 2016

https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/red-voice-by-nancy-takacs/


The Worrier, Juniper Prize for Poetry,

2017, U. of Massachusetts Press, finalist for the National Poetry Series, and 2018 winner of the 15 Bytes Poetry Book Award.


"Talking to God on County Road H"

Runner-up for Missouri Review Editor's Prize, published Spring 2017 


"Coming Back"  Clover, Fall 2017


"The Worrier scars," "The Worrier vanishing bees," and "The Worrier yellow-headed blackbirds" in Weber Journal, Spring 2017


"Wildness for Emily Dickinson,"  

Red Rock Review, Spring 2017


Blue Patina, Blue Begonia Press, 2015

winner of 2016 "15 Bytes" Book Award 

Reviewed by Danielle Dubrasky

http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/rituals-and-routines-nancy-takacs-blue-patina/


http://bluebegoniapress.com/


Juniper, hand-letter press chapbook,Limberlost Press, 2012

http://www.limberlostpress.com/takacs.html


http://sugarhousereviews.blogspot.com/2011/04/juniper-nancy-takacs-limberlost-press.html


Wild Animals, Outlaw Artists Press, 2008


Preserves, City Art Press, 2004 


Pale Blue Wings, hand-letter press chapbook, Limberlost Press, 2001

Reviews of The Worrier Poems

  • "...Like any explorer worth her salt, she is a wanderer confident enough to 'get lost,/turn the map upside down,/be surprised.'" -- James Haug, Juniper Prize for Poetry judge


  • "These exquisite poems observe the fretful mind's gentle and persistent voices that strive for self understanding..." -- Elizabeth Savage, author of Idylliad


  • "Here we understand how without questions we could not make sense of anything." -- Dara Wier, Juniper Prize for Poetry judge


  • "Imagine waking at sunrise just beneath timberline....lifting a double handful splash of the world's crispest water to your face. That is how Nancy Takacs's poems strike, and my reaction is always delightful astonishment." -- David Lee, author of Bluebonnets, Firewheels, and Black-Eyed Susans.


  • "Exploring how nature informs our most intimate relationships....these poems stun and fascinate as if they have been chiseled from canyon walls, their edges smoothed and rounded by river current " -- Kate Kingston, author of History of Grey


              Review by Katie Kingston

              in Sugarhouse Review, 2017 


http://sugarhousereviews.blogspot.com/2017/

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