"The soul of the West lives in Nance Van Winckel's work, manifest in strange ways that never fail to haunt me." —Diane Lefer, author of California Transit
A 99-year-old great-grandmother tells the story of a family filled with quirks, foibles and downright strangeness through a series of photographs and family memorabilia. The photographs are all captioned, some at great length, by the family matriarch. They describe life in Butte, Montana, surrounded by the great copper mines of the early 20th century, and, later, by the environmental devastation left behind when the mines failed.
Here, in 1999, as the town awaits the Y2K meltdown and a “virgin birth” is apparently about to occur, Grandy hurries to divest herself of the secrets concerning both her good and bad contributions to Butte and her own descendants.
Just OUT! My novel in the form of a photograph album.
"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
BOOKS OF POEMS
NO STARLING was published in 2007 by the University of Washington Press.
received the Friends of Literature Award from POETRY MAGAZINE.
BOOKS OF FICTION
Linked stories, each told by a resident of a commune in Eastern Washington.
SAMPLE SHORT STORY
Originally appeared in AGNI