About

My book cover

My book cover

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 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 assistant professor of mass Media and do some freelance writing. When I’m not working for money, I’m working on essays and right now, another book.

I find inspiration in many places and I hope to bring a little of that to you.

If you’re interested in my book, you can “like” my page on Facebook.

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.

That's me! Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota-Morris.

That’s me! Photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota-Morris.

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13 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’m so glad to have found your blog. I’ll always remember you as one of my favorite teachers!!

  2. I’m the proud owner of a NOOK…your book will shortly be in my library!
    All the best,
    Ofglassandbooks

  3. lucewriter said:

    I finished your book! What a lovely book. It’s so well woven and in the last 1/4 or so I started to think it read like a poem. You made so many wonderful insights, and I felt a kinship with you on a number of occasions. Beautiful work, Rachael!

  4. lucewriter said:

    Sorry, I forgot to tell you where to check it out. Sigh. Go here to read about it: http://writersite.org/2012/12/08/from-the-cat-choir/.

  5. lucewriter said:

    I just nominated you for the most inspirational blogger award :).

  6. Your cover photo and blog title actually made me say “wow” out loud! Nice job!

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