Our Foreigner is Nance's newest collection of poems. As a review in Prairie Schooner explains, the book "explores, among other conditions and anomalies, ideas of journey, progress and regress, travel both physical and psychological. A variety of voices populate this collection, speakers from the past, or bright, sassy, contemporary folks talking as if all they have to do is open their mouths and out flies poetry. They manage, these poems, to be at once plain-speaking and brainy, lucid and deeply mysterious."
Book of No Ledge is a collection of visual poems, altered pages from an old encyclopedia. It appeared in September 2016 with Pleiades Press.
Pacific Walkers, Nance's sixth book of poems, was released from U. of Washington Press in 2014 and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She also recently published
Ever Yrs, is a novel in the form of a photograph album (2014, Twisted Road Publications). See the link to sample pages below the book to the left.
A fourth collection of linked short stories, Boneland, came out with U. of Oklahoma Press in October 2013.
Nance’s other books of poetry include: No Starling (University of Washington Press, 2007), Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois Press, 1987), The Dirt (Miami U. Press, 1994), Beside Ourselves (Miami University Press, 2003), and After A Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), which received the Washington State Governor’s Award for Poetry.
She's received two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, three Pushcart Prizes, Poetry Magazine’s Friends of Literature Award, three Washington State Artist Trust Awards, The Midland Authors Award, and awards from the Poetry Society of America. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Gettysburg Review, Field, Volt, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Ploughshares.
Nance teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has also taught at Lake Forest College in Illinois and is Professor Emerita in the MFA in Writing program at Eastern Washington University, where she served as editor of the literary journal Willow Springs from 1990-96. She was a poet in residence at the University of Montana and Westminster College, a Stadler Poet in Residence at Bucknell University, and a fiction writer in residence at Randolph College. She has taught at Centrum Writers Conference, Utah’s Writers @ Work, Portland Oregon’s Wordstock, Seattle’s Hugo House, and at many writing festivals and conferences. She is available for readings and teaching residencies. See contact link above.
NANCE'S CURRENT PROJECT:
Nance has invented a term for her new, cross-discipline work: the PHO-TOEM. She melds photography (her own) with small poems and other graphic material she "graffities" onto the photographic surface.
The PHO-TOEMS link at the top of this page will take you to more examples, or see the link below for the full gallery of this new work.
PHOT-TOEMS by Nance Van Winckel
This link will take you to the full gallery of Nance's photo-collage (a.k.a Pho-toem) work.
MOST RECENT BOOKS
OTHER BOOKS OF POEMS
BOOKS OF FICTION