If you know the reference to my site title, then we will be best friends.
I’m a writer and teacher in in “flyover” country, Minnesota, 25 miles from where I grew up. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My book, Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman’s Path from Small-town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army, is the story of Camilla Hall, a Minnesota native who got caught up in one of the 1970s most violent radical groups.
My first book for adults, We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter, was published in 2013 by the University of Minnesota Press and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.
I’ve been a newspaper journalist and have written more than twenty nonfiction books for children. I’m an associate professor of creative writing and do some freelance writing.
As of October 2022, I have stopped writing new pieces for this blog. You can still search the archives for various topics related to Camilla, the SLA, writing, and inspiration.
I frequently speak at libraries, schools, and book clubs about my book and the writing process. I also lead writing workshops and work with individual writers. Find out more at www.rachaelhanel.com.