Hannah Soyer (she/her)

is a writer born and living in the Midwest. Her work explores the meaning we make through atypical embodiment, and how the arts–in particular storytelling–can be beautiful acts of survival, resistance, and community building. She is the founder of This Body is Worthy, a project aimed at celebrating bodies outside of mainstream societal ideals, and Words of Reclamation, a space for disabled writers. She also happens to be a cat and chocolate enthusiast.

She has written for nationally-acclaimed publications such as Bustle and Cosmopolitan Magazine, and her creative work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and featured in places such as The Rumpus, Entropy, and Disability Visibility Project. She has worked at various newspapers as an opinions columnist, editor, or freelance reporter. Her 2016 investigative piece, “Most Iowa School Districts Don’t Comply With Americans With Disabilities Act” was published in all major Iowa newspapers and spurred a Department of Justice investigation into the accessibility of Iowa schools. She also has worked as managing editor for literary magazines and as an editorial assistant for Sundress Publications. In addition, she is the editor of The Ending Hasn’t Happened Yet: An Anthology of Disability Poetics from Sable Books. Her chapbook, For When the Shapes Keep Changing, won the 2021 OutWrite Chapbook Competition in the creative nonfiction category. 

Hannah has presented at various conferences on topics related to disability, language, and embodiment. She is also heavily involved in local disability rights movements and various Disability Justice projects (learn more on her “Resources” page).

An accomplished English and Creative Writing instructor, workshop facilitator, communicator, and freelance writer/editor, Hannah believes in the power of story. She is an experienced writing coach–both creative and academic–and loves helping individuals realize their ideas and translate them to the page.

Hannah is represented by Mariah Stovall at Trellis Literary Management, where her debut essay collection is currently under contract.

Hannah Soyer looking at a train

Image Description: Back view of Hannah Soyer in her wheelchair looking to a train in the distance. She has her hair in two buns, and there is a sticker on the back of her chair in the shape of a heart with “Bad Bitch” written in script.

This website was designed with the help of Jessica Oddi.

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