Poet, Memoirist, Teacher and Editor Pauletta Hansel is author of nine poetry collections including  Heartbreak Tree, released in March 2022 by Madville Publishing.  Heartbreak Tree is a poetic exploration of the intersection of gender and place in Appalachia. It is winner of the Poetry Society of Virginia‘s 2023 North American Book Award. An interview in Salon.com about the book can be found here. Read three poems from the collection published in Still: The Journal here and via links below. Reviews of the collection can be found here and here.

Pauletta was the 2022 Writer-in- Residence for the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. She served as the first Poet Laureate of Cincinnati from April 2016 through March 2018.

Other recent books include Friend (Dos Madres Press, 2020),  Coal Town Photograph (Dos Madres Press, 2019) and  Palindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017), which was awarded the prestigious Weatherford Award for the best Appalachian poetry book of 2017.  Read her blogs about the writing of Palindrome here. Read poet Linda Parson’s review in Still The Journal here.

Previous books are Tangle (Dos Madres Press, 2015), The Lives We Live in Houses (Wind Publications, 2011) and What I Did There (Dos Madres Press, 2011). Pauletta’s poetry and prose has been featured recently in journals including Oxford American, One (Jacar Press), New Verse News, JukeJoint, Change Seven, The Cincinnati Review, Rattle, The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Northern Appalachian Review, Heartwood Literary Magazine, Sheila-na-Gig, Persimmon, Hong Kong Review, Thimble, Psaltery and Lyre, Molecule, Writing In A Woman’s Voice, Main Street Rag, Literary Accents, PoetrySouthTalisman, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Atlanta Review, ABZ Journal, Postcard Poems and Prose, Still: The Journal, The Mom Egg, and Appalachian Journal and anthologized in Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice; Feminine RisingA Gathering at the Forks; Old Wounds, New Words; A Kentucky Christmas; Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia; the Motif series and Creatures of Habitat and Crossing Lines.  Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry and Verse Daily. Links to several poems and prose published online can be found here.

Pauletta leads community writing workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. She is past managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. (Submission guidelines here.)  Pauletta also served as Writer in Residence at Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program and at WordPlay, a literary and literacy organization for younger writers. Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Originally from southeastern Kentucky, Pauletta lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Owen Cramer.


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