Nancy Burke writes about refugees, from fascist regimes, from the Soviets, and from dysfunctional domestic relationships. She has a long history of switching careers, from business executive, to museum educator, to mission commander (where she wore a NASA suit and hosted simulated missions to space), writing professor and writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her family doesn’t believe a word she says because she ‘makes things up’ for a living. It’s only because she remembers more than they do. She smiles and warns that everything is source material, including herself.Nancy Burke’s books include From the Abuelas’ Window, 2006 and If I Could Paint the Moon Black, 2014, both refugee stories. Her short fiction has appeared in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review and Pilgrim: A Journal of Catholic Experience. Two plays Midway Island: 1944 and Make Yourself at Home, were selected as finalists in festival. She is active in two local writing workshops, Working Title Six, and Finding Our Way Back, for those who find writing to be an element in healing. She resides in Montclair and teaches writing at Montclair State and Kean Universities when not deep into a writing project. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University, Newark (2011).
Only the Women are Burning, releasing this Fall, this her third book.