Nancy Nowak holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. Her poems have appeared in Fireweed, Poetry Northwest, The Sonora Review, The Jefferson Monthly, Iris: A Journal about Women, The Journal of Progressive Human Services, and The MacGuffin, among other publications, as well as in the anthologies The Zeppelin Reader (University of Iowa Press) and Windblown Sheets: Poems by Mothers and Daughters(Clatsop). She has been a finalist for The Southern Poetry Review Guy Owens Poetry Prize and the Billee Murray Denny Poetry Contest and has participated as a featured poet in public readings in Chicago, IL, and Astoria, Ashland, Oakland, and Roseburg, OR. After twenty-two years as associate professor of English at Umpqua Community College, teaching developmental writing and poetry, she retired in July, 2016. She lives in Winston, OR.