Hi, I’m Hannah!
I’m a writer, artist, and university English instructor, living and working in Pittsburgh.
My creative work centers around the bittersweet beauty of forgotten places, the experiences of women, the process of religious deconstruction and reconstruction, and the significance of small stories.
And It All Came Tumbling Down
My debut novel, And It All Came Tumbling Down, was published in 2021 from The Watershed Journal Literary Group, and won Book of the Year Award at the 2023 Writer’s Conference of Northern Appalachia.
This story, set among the ghost towns of the PA Wilds, explores a character’s grief after great loss, her reckoning with the place and faith of her ancestors, and her process of forging a new identity despite the haunting of the past. For more information, click here!
I host the podcast What Happened Here? which tell the stories of interesting places. Join me each week as I explore a significant, historical, or just plain weird place, and ask, what happened here? Often, the answer we get points us to deeper questions of justice, conservation, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Publications and Small Stories
My short work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications. Click here for a list of my most recent work.
My blog, Small Stories, offers news updates on my writing life, as well as advice for cultivating a life of creativity: a life committed to telling the small stories.
Art and Events
My art, available online and at artist events throughout the year, uses digital drawing and collage to tell stories.
I also love collaborating with small businesses, bookstores, and schools and universities for reading and speaking events. I speak on the writing process, centering place in one’s work, and writing from experience within the boundaries of fiction. Find my upcoming appearances here, or contact me for opportunities.