Rachael Hanel is a writer and associate professor of Mass Communication in Mankato, Minnesota. Her memoir, We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter (2013, University of Minnesota Press), was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. She has written several nonfiction books for children.

Her essays have appeared in online and print literary journals such as War, Literature & the Arts, Bellingham Review, and New Delta Review.


"So You Want to Write a Memoir?" - Everyone has a story. Whether you want to write your family story or your personal story for a small or wide audience, memoirist Rachael Hanel will give you tips for how to write true stories in an engaging way. View this DVBF Cabin Fever video on our YouTube channel linked on the bottom of the home page.

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