sally nacker


Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

      Master of Fine Arts, Poetry

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

      Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Theatre Arts


Edwin Way Teale Writer's-in-Residence Residency at Trail Wood (CT Audubon Society), summer, 2020

Honorable Mention: Vireo, The Wayfarer Poetry Prize, Homebound Publications (May, 2014).

Semifinalist: Vireo, Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry (March, 2014).

Finalist: Vireo, Fairfield Book Prize, New Rivers Press (May, 2013).



Night Snow (Poems), Kelsay Books, October, 2017.

Vireo (Poems), Kelsay Books: White Violet Press, February, 2015.

Literary Journals (Poetry):

Hawk and Whippoorwill (forthcoming, winter, 2020), Cory Willingham, Editor, "Kindness in Winter"

The Orchards Poetry Journal (forthcoming, December, 2020), Karen Kelsay, Editor, "Saying Goodbye"

The Orchards Poetry Journal (June, 2020), Karen Kelsay, Editor: "Steepltop Museum, for Edna St. Vincent Millay"

Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women (March, 2020), Kim Bridgford, Editor: "The Visit," and "Dry Spell"

The Orchards (December, 2019), Karen Kelsay and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Editors: "Old Age"

The Orchards (Winter, 2018), Karen Kelsay and Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Editors:

"Wonder," and "The Bear"

Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women (Summer, 2018), Kim Bridgford, Editor: "The Deer," "Two Does in Snow"

The Fourth River (Tributaries)-(summer, 2017), Sheila Squillante, Editor: "Peony"

National Issue of Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine (fall, 2017), Ken Weisner, Editor: “Study in White and Yellow."

The Orchards (spring, 2017), Karen Kelsay and Jeff Holt, Editors: “Robin," and “Night Snow"

Grey Sparrow Journal (winter, 2017), Diane Smith, Editor: “Winter Moment at a Vermont Inn."

Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women (winter, 2017), Kim Bridgford, Editor: “A Poem's in a Blade of Grass," “Winter Boughs," and “A Visit to Fort Juniper."

The Orchards (August, 2016), Karen Kelsay, Editor: “Birdwatching," and “Vireo."

Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women (June, 2016), Kim Bridgford, Editor: “Florist During Loss," and “Prayer During Rain."

Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women (June, 2015), Kim Bridgford, Editor: “Emily Dickinson's Main Street, Amherst,” “During Stillness,” “Left."

Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women (June, 2014), Kim Bridgford, Editor: “Emily,” “Cardinal."

The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature (March, 2014), Homebound Publications, Leslie M. Browning, Editor:

“My Father’s Eighty-fifth Birthday,” “The Naturalist,” “A Preponderance in Spring."

The Centennial Review (1989), Linda Wagner-Martin, Editor:

“Letter to My Father: On a Photograph."

Plains Poetry Journal (January, 1989), Jane Greer, Editor:

“Child’s Room."

The Old Red Kimono (Spring, 1987), Bobby Poole, Editor:

“Child’s Song."

The Small Pond Magazine of Literature (1984), Napoleon St. Cyr, Editor:

“Avoir l’Apprenti dans le Soleil,” “Thief of Her Muse."


“Wings and Windows: My Letter to Amy Lowell,” a forty-page, critical paper composed in letter format to poet Amy Lowell. 

Published by Winona Media: Poems and Stories from the Heart (Winona Media: Poems and Stories from the Heart ), May, 2014.

“Wings and Windows: My Letter to Amy Lowell,” Poetry Foundation: Harriet Blog (poet Annie Finch discusses my paper): Wings and Windows , April, 2012.


FUMFA (Fairfield University MFA) Reading, May 1, 2020

Sally will read along with Susan Smith Daniels. Live on Facebook.

AuthorSpeak: Norwalk Public Library, November 29, 2017

Sally will read from her new book, Night Snow. Discussion will follow. Lunch included.

Poetry and Prose Reading, ekphrasis v: Fairfield University Museum, September 7, 2017

Sally will read her poem, "Study in White and Yellow," to Jim Clark's jazz score, "Spring at Last," as part of the Jazz/Poetry Celebration at the Norwalk Public Library, April 2, 2017

Downtown Fairfield Bookstore, Fairfield, CT, November 3, 2016, 7PM:

Fairfield University alumni and student reading. Sally will read a few of her newer poems.

Apricot Bar and Grill, Norwalk, CT, March, 2016, and April, 2017:

    Sally Nacker reads her poems for Norwalk Lit Crawl. Event sponsored by the Norwalk Public Library;

    proceeds benefit Norwalk Reads.

Fairfield University MFA Summer Residency on Ender’s Island, Mystic, CT, July 19, 2015:

    2013 Alumna, Sally Nacker, reads from her new book, Vireo.

Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, Madison, CT, May 26, 2015:

    New Books Reading: Meredith Bergmann, Rebecca Foust, Rick Mullin, Sally Nacker.

Norwalk Public Library AuthorSpeak Luncheon, Norwalk, CT, May 15, 2015:

    Reading and discussion of Vireo.

Fairfield University Bookstore: A celebration of Vireo, Fairfield, CT, May 14, 2015.

Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT, May 2, 2015:

    Sally Nacker and Ira Joe Fisher.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Minneapolis, MN, May 9, 2015:

Sally Nacker reads her poems at the MFA Reception:

New Rivers Press, White Pine Press, and Fairfield University.


-Poems, Biographies, and Letters

The Romantics: Blake, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Clare.

Emily Dickinson.

Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Edna St. Vincent Millay. Sara Teasdale.

Amy Lowell.

Robert Francis.

Theodore Roethke.