Nancy Bevilaqua was born in New York City. After attending Reed College and NYU’s graduate program in English/Creative Writing (Poetry), she worked for ten years in New York and New Jersey as a caseworker/counselor for people with AIDS, the homeless, and people with substance abuse issues.
A few years after her son, Alessandro, was born, Nancy began to work as a freelance travel writer. Her travel articles and stories appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Coastal Living, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the inflight magazines for several airlines, and many other publications.
In 2012, she published her first book, Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days, which is about her relationship with one of her clients when she was a caseworker for people with AIDS. She also published a collection of poetry about the “historical/gnostic” Jesus and Mary Magdalene entitled Gospel of the Throwaway Daughter in December, 2014.
Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from West Branch, Whiskey Island, Juked, Tupelo Quarterly, Hubbub, Rust + Moth, Hermeneutic Chaos, Tinderbox Poetry, Atticus Review, Menacing Hedge, Construction, Madhat Lit, Blue Heron Speaks, Kentucky Review, Café Aphra,, and other journals.
Nancy and her son now live on the beach in north Florida.