photo credit: Emmanuel Ramos
Hi, I’m Nora
I write poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction.
I teach English to high school students at The Greene School, a public charter school in West Greenwich, RI with a mission centered in environmentalism and social justice. My teaching philosophy is based on community, connection, and critical thinking about the world around us. I have recently taught Professional Development for Adult Educators through the Community College of Rhode Island, and last summer I co-led “New Teacher Camp” — a week-long learning experience for 1st-3rd year teachers. I also serve on the board for the Rhode Island Writing Project.
In my creative work, I explore human connections to nature, the duality and mystery of the world around us, and love (always love). I am always happy to convene with other writers and readers and talk poetics, craft, and revision — or just to encourage each other to keep going.
I am an avid neighborhood walker, a constant fiction reader, a fan of soul music, an aficionado of cheese and fresh veggies, a great listener, and a lover of the ocean. I sing professionally and have interests in theatre, dance, and art. I live in Rhode Island, which became my adopted home 8 years ago and still gifts me new places to explore.
“Matchbox” in Lily Poetry Review (coming in Winter 2022)
“meditations while cooking for the dead” and “Sounding Lines” in Rabid Oak, Issue 23 (October 2021)
“Ashaway” in Emerge Literary Journal, Issue 18 (May 2021)
“try, at least, to be tender” and “Magpie” forthcoming in Peculiar Journal
“Love Song for Route 102” was a final selection for The Public’s Radio Poetry Competition in April 2020
“no sorrow no sweetness no sound” in Kansas City Voices, Issue 15 (March 2020)
“daphne into laurel” in Riggwelter Press, Issue 24 (August 2019)
“No Tempest” and “Honey, baby” in borrowed solace, Spring 2019
“No Contact” in Cobra Milk, Issue 2 (Spring 2021)
“The Lighthouse in the Lake” in Barren Magazine, Issue 9
Creative Nonfiction / Articles
Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP)
- “Afternoon: In which I pull out that Mary Oliver poem again“
- “A Note on Happiness” and “Journal, July 16”
(Produced as part of Summer Institute 2019)
My Small Press Writing Day
Nora Pace: July 30, 2019
Young Educators Society Blog (YESRI.org)
Teaching from Home? Here’s How to Practice Self Care
The Aspiring Author Blog:
• March 28, 2019: “Practicing Poetry: Walking and Noticing”
• April 25, 2019: “Contradictions”
• May 30, 2019: “Poetry: To Whom Do You Write?”
• June 27, 2019: “A Bowl of Peanuts: What to Write About”
• August 29, 2019: “Associative Thinking in Poetry”
• September 26, 2019: “Breaking the Rules”
Connect with me
Find me on twitter: @MsPaceWrites
I am currently seeking freelance work. I can write about education, writing, books, cooking, music, theatre, history, or any other topic you need me to research. I also offer editing and proofreading services. If you have any writing needs that I may be able to fill, please contact me here.
If you’d like to support me monetarily, you can click the link to the right for my Ko-fi page, where I take donations for submission fees and other writing expenses. You have my thanks!