Van Winckel looks into the world's shattered glass and animates the cultures, histories, human dispositions, and decontextualized landscapes found there.
--Sandra Alcosser


Newest Book of Stories

"Nance Van Winckel’s artfully crafted linked stories read like a novel, and yet each one is a masterpiece on its own. Her prose is limber and surprising, and her depiction of the interior northwestern part of the United States is uncommonly accurate. From the cadence of her characters’ voices to the hot, dusty landscape, those of us who have called that part of the world home will nod in understanding and appreciation. Van Winckel’s Boneland offers a delicious escape with a powerful, understated truth running through it."
——Heather Sharfeddin, The Colorado Review

"The stories, set primarily in Spokane, Wash., and Montana, move backward and forward across time. Tracing the many connections -- actual and symbolic -- that wend their way throughout the collection gives the book a puzzle-like quality that lends itself to re-reading. In Boneland, Van Winckel has created a world where the past remains present and memory shapes the way we come to terms with loss." —High Country News

Nance's newest poetry book is OUR FOREIGNER

"Nance Van Winckel has long been one of my favorite poets—a voice I turn to again and again for imagery and music and to remind me of the loveliness and intensity of the subtle narrative woven into the subtle lyric. Pacific Walkers shows her at the peak of her powers. It is a riveting book, accumulating in strangeness and fearsome magic as it moves through the mysteries of existence and mortality." —Laura Kasischke
"The poems of NO STARLING project life through a strange, wonderful prism, part heavily refracting language, part heady, playful imagination. Nothing is stranger than what is true to life. Nothing is more necessary." —THE CINCINNATI REVIEW
received the Friends of Literature Award from POETRY MAGAZINE.
Linked stories, each told by a resident of a commune in Eastern Washington.