Nancy Takacs

The Worrier poems, Juniper Prize for Poetry

Upcoming Events

March 19, Poetry Workshop, 

Price, Utah Senior Center, Fairgrounds Road: 1-2:30 

April 10th, Reading and Book Signing, Utah State University Eastern Library, Price, UT

May 11-12, Reading and Workshop, Trinidad Arts Council

Poetry Festival, Trinidad, CO

July 2018, Cornucopia Reading Series, Cornucopia Town Hall, Cornucopia, WI

October 2018, Helicon West Reading Series, Logan, Utah

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 recent 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 15 Bytes Poetry Prize, TheNation/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. 

Red Voice, Finishing Line Press, 2016

The Worrier, Juniper Prize for Poetry,

2017, U. of Massachusetts Press

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

"Coming Back"  Clover, Fall 2018

"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

Letter to America, 2016

Blue Patina, Blue Begonia Press, 2015

winner of 2016 "15 Bytes" Book Award 

Reviewed by Danielle Dubrasky

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

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 Richard Hedderman

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