Rachel Hanson, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information

  • rhanson@unca.edu
  • 828-251-6597
  • 224 Karpen Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Note: And by appointment.

It is my hope that my enthusiasm for creative writing and literature, and my constant provocation for students’ critical input, will show them how crucial their contributions are to literary discourse and creation. I encourage my students to respond to literature in thoughtful and creative ways that challenge their own paradigms, and to take on the task of creating their own written works with enthusiasm, empathy, and intensity.

My creative work explores intersections of nature, gender, violence, and class, giving particular consideration to how these themes take shape in the novel, memoir, and hybrid prose and lyric works. I’m interested in the confluence of the human and natural world from an ecofeminist perspective; specifically considering the trends in America that devastate wildlife, bridle rivers and lands, and how this devastation and “bridling” is analogous to violence against women and the legislation of their bodies.

Author website: rachelmhanson.com


  • B.S., University of Utah, 2005
  • M.F.A., University of Utah, 2010
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2016


  • Olive B. O’Connor Nonfiction Fellow, 2017/2018
  • Creative Nonfiction Fellowship, University of Missouri, 2011-2015



  • "Conscientious" - North American Review, Fall 2020
    "Echo" - Joyland Magazine, Fall 2020
  • "On Seventeen in Appalachia" Hairstreak Butterfly Review, Spring 2019
  • “Dead Water” Meridian, Spring 2018
  • “Spaces,” Ninth Letter, Fall 2017
  • “The End of Tennessee,” Entropy Magazine, Fall 2016
  • “Breaking,” The Iowa Review, Fall 2016
  • “Ways of Leaving” American Literary Review, Spring 2016
  • “Invasives,” Cheat River Review, Fall 2015
  • “Burning the Lie,” Arcadia, Spring 2015
  • “Education,” Storyscape, Fall 2014
  • “It Was Like This: Nine Vignettes,” South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art, Fall 2013
  • “The End of Prayer,” South Dakota Review, 50th Anniversary issue, Fall 2013
  • “Prism,” Creative Nonfiction, Spring 2013
  • “Dislocations,” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Literature and Art, Fall 2011
  • “Talking in Tongues,” storySouth, Spring 2011


  • “Hunger Fishing,” Juked, Spring 2017
  • “Left in the Ground,” The Minnesota Review, Fall 2016
  • “Bound,” New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature, Summer 2015
  • “Crossing One of Those Places Where Utah Meets Wyoming” and “A Talus Slope,” Corium Magazine, Spring 2014


  • “Breaking,” Coyotes: Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, 2019 (forthcoming)
  • “Bound,” Best New Poets Anthology, 2016
  • “Education,” Best of the Net Anthology, 2015

On Pedagogy

“Unpacking the Personal Essay: Teaching Structure and Avoiding Clichés in Creative Nonfiction Workshops,” Pedagogy and American Literature Studies, March, 2016

Recent Teaching

  • Language 260: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Language 120: Foundations of Academic Writing
  • Literature 344 Readings in Gender and Sexuality: American Literature & Land as Bodies
  • Language 366: Creative Nonfiction Workshop