Nancy Burke earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers Newark in 2011. Since then, she has focused her creative efforts on book length work and shares her passion for writing at Montclair State University where she teaches Introduction to Fiction Workshop; College Writing: Academic Prose I and College Writing: Writing and Literature II. She holds a marketing communications position at Union County College and has developed strategic marketing projects in business, education and non-profit organizations in addition to her creative work.
Nancy is a founding member of Working Title Six (WTS) , an active writing critique group. WTS offers group readings at local bookstores and other venues. Nancy also leads a writing workshop, Finding our Way Back, for those experiencing loss or grief and for whom writing is one of the chosen ways toward healing.
He Briefly Thought of Tadpoles, a short story, was published in April, 2015 in the journal, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. The Last Day, can be read in its entirety at Pilgrim: A Journal of Catholic Experience. Her play, Make Yourself at Home, was performed at Union County College’s first short play festival and won second prize in 2011. A second play, Midway Island: 1945 was performed at this same festival.
Her short fiction strives to uncover the layers of truth hidden beneath the quotidian rituals of daily life and the psychological underpinnings of characters who appear at first glance to be untroubled.
Two book length works, a novel of Chile, From the Abuelas’ Window, 2005 and If I Could Paint the Moon Black, 2015, reflect her lifelong interest in anthropology and history and the impact of war and revolution on the lives of ordinary people. Nancy has completed a new novel and is seeking representation. For review/responses to her work click here.