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"One Eye Opens" by Nance Van Winckel

Nance Van Winckel's most recent collection of poems, which won the Pacific Coast Poetry Award, is Our Foreigner (Beyond Baroque Books, 2016). Other collections of poems include Pacific Walkers (U. of Washington Press, 2013), No Starling (U. of Washington Press, 2007), Beside Ourselves (Miami U. Press, 2000), After a Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), The Dirt(Miami U. Press, 1994), and Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois, 1988).

She is also the author of five books of fiction, most recently Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014) and Boneland: Linked Stories (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2013). Other books of fiction include Curtain Creek Farm(Persea Books, 2000), Quake (U. of MO Press, 1997), and Limited Lifetime Warranty (U. of MO Press, 1994).

She also works with visual poetry, altered pages of old books and other visual hybrid forms. Her first collection of this work is Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press, 2016).

Nance is a Professor Emerita at Eastern Washington U. and the recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, the American Short Fiction Award, the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Award, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and numerous other honors.