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Unstuck in Time, A Memoir and Mystery on Loss and Love:
 September 2021 

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Naimah and Ajmal on Newton's Mountain,
 July 2021

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An Iceberg in Paradise:

A Passage through Alzheimer's


     "In this evocative memoir, Nancy Avery Dafoe shares the heart-wrenching experience of caring for her ailing mother as she fought and ultimately lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Weaving poetry throughout, Dafoe tells her family’s story in the hope of helping those who are navigating the murky waters of Alzheimer’s. She presents different approaches and practical advice for dealing with the difficult life transition that occurs when parents become ill. At its center, An Iceberg in Paradise is not only a tribute to love in the face of loss but also an exploration of memory, our human connections, and holding on until there is nothing left to hold."


An Iceberg in Paradise was named a short-list finalist in the William Faulkner/William Wisdom 2013 competition for narrative non-fiction.

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The Misdirection of Education Policy: Raising Questions about School Reform


2016 (Rowman & Littlefield Education)



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Breaking Open the Box:

A Guide for Creative Techniques to Improve Academic Writing and Generate Critical Thinking


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     "This book is a gift of treasured strategies, experiences, and effective paractices for educators at all levels in developing the art and skill of writing with twenty-first century learners. In each chapter, Nancy Dafoe eloquently engages the reader with the voice of an experienced practitioner and the heart of a highly effective teahcer by sharing valuable insights in igniting creativity in the teaching and learning of writing. Breaking Open the Box is a timely and much-needed resource for our profession."

               Dr. Donna DeSiato, Superintendent of Schools, East Syracuse Minoa Central School District

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Writing Creatively

A Guided Journal to Using Literary Devices


     "In a time when creativity and practicality are needed in classroom writing practice more than ever, Writing Creatively offers a refreshing approach to these needs. Whether you teach English or are looking to inspire students to write effectively in other disciplines, Writing Creatively will not disappoint."                                                          Amanda Smith, English educator and writer


Innermost Sea

Full-length book of poetry due out in November 2018

preorder today:

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Poets Diving in the Night
Poetry chapbook
Published by Finishing Line Press, 2017

Lost Orchard

                                                                                Edited by Jo Pitkin


     A finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, in the Anthology category, Lost Orchard  is edited by Jo Pitkin. Nancy A. Dafoe is a contributor to this anthology.