Hannah’s Writing

Hannah Hindley’s writing has appeared in journals, newspapers, and anthologies including River Teeth, the Harvard Review, and Terrain.org. She is the recipient of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, the Thomas Wood Award in Journalism, the New Conrads Prize in fiction, the Bill Waller Award for Nonfiction, and an honorable mention for the AWP Intro Journals Award. She has been a student at the Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop and the Writer in Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  

Hannah graduated from Harvard University with degrees in English and American Literature and Language and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; her writing bridges the space between those studies, exploring the poesy of natural systems and our human relationship with a changing planet. She holds her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from University of Arizona.


Harvard University A.B. in English and American Literature and Language; secondary field in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 2009

University of Arizona MFA in Creative Nonfiction, 2020


“Visitors” – VIDA, September 2020

“Salmon”Terrain.org, October 2020

The Opposite of Hallelujah” – The Rumpus, January 2020

Castor/Pollux” – Territory, Twins Issue 2019

Simulator” – Contra Viento, Spring 2019

Diamonds are Forever” – Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture, Winter 2019

Instant Ocean” – Hakai Magazine, November 2018

Spill Stories: Dog Days” – Terrain.org, April 2018

Moth Man and his Multitudinous Mysteries” – Western National Parks Association, Fall 2017

Lions and Lancets” – ZooView, Fall 2017

Not of a Feather: Altruism Beyond Species Lines” – Blue Guitar Magazine, Fall 2017

“Itinerary: Chugach State Park” – Alaska Magazine, May 2016

“Water Body” – Hot Metal Bridge, Winter 2015 (“Coming Home”)

“Remembering That Life” – The Harvard Review Fall 2014

“Melt-Out: Finding Permanence in the Land of Endings” – River Teeth, October 2014

“Your Own Cathedral” – Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite (Yosemite Conservancy, 2013)

“Gulp Life” – Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite (Yosemite Conservancy, 2013)

“The Engineer” (fiction) –  Jack Tar Magazine, Spring 2012

“Teaching Others to Love the Earth” – Press Democrat, April 18, 2010

“Splendor in the Branches, Glory in the Whiskers” – Press Democrat, March 15, 2005

“Dear Mister Cormier” – Letters About Literature, 2005

“A Lesson in Newfound Grace and Resilience” – Press Democrat, August 24, 2004

Student Column – Sonoma Index-Tribune, 2000-2001

“It’s Been a Year Now” (poetry) – Cricket Magazine, 1999


Bill Waller Award for Nonfiction

2018 Carson Scholar in Science Communication

AWP Intro Journals award, 2018 – Finalist

New Conrads Story Contest Winner, “The Engineer” – Jack Tar Magazine (2011)

Thomas Wood Award in Journalism – Harvard University


“Melt Out” – a photography series – Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim (Summer 2014)


Editorial Intern and Music Editor – Blue Ocean Institute’s Sea Stories online journal (2007-2009)