Han VanderHart

Hannah VanderHart

Han VanderHart is a queer, Southern writer who grew up in rural Virginia and now lives in Durham, North Carolina. Winner of the 2025 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, their poetry manuscript Larks was selected by Chanda Feldman and is forthcoming from Ohio University Press. Han is also the author of the poetry chapbook Hands like Birds (Ethel Zine Press, 2019) and the poetry collection What Pecan Light (Bull City Press, Spring 2021). They hold an MFA in poetry from George Mason University and an MA in English from Georgetown, where they worked with Carolyn Forché at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. In 2019, Han received their PhD in English from Duke University and defended the dissertation Gender and Collaboration in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry. Han’s poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Boston Globe, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, AGNI, Southern Humanities Review, Cave Wall, Chattahoochee Review, Poetry Northwest, Poetry International, RHINO Poetry, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Their works-in-progress include the poetry collection Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and the essay collection Southern Listening. Han edits Moist Poetry Journal, hosts Of Poetry Podcast, and is the co-founding editor and publisher of the poetry press River River Books alongside Amorak Huey.  More at: https://hanvanderhart.com

Broadsides: “The Light Has Always Been Going Down,” released August 2018

BooksWhat Pecan Light, released April 2021

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