Bio

Hannah Rodabaugh is a poet, essayist, and writing teacher who lives in Boise, Idaho. She holds an MA from Miami University and an MFA from Naropa University.

She is the author of With Words: Verse in Concordance (dancing girl press), We Traced The Shape Of Our Loss To See Your Face (Angel House Press), and We Don’t Bury Our Dead When Our Dead Are Animals (Another New Calligraphy), a collection of ecological elegies.

Her poetry and essays are included or forthcoming in The Indianapolis Review, Camas Magazine, Blueline Magazine, Glassworks Magazine, Canary: A Journal of the Environment, EcoTheo Review, Evening Street Review, Michigan State University’s Short Edition series, The Wire’s Dream Magazine, Anti-Narrative Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Nerve Lantern, Used Furniture Review, Smoking Glue Gun, Horse Less Press Review, Room Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, Rabid Oak, Written River, K’in Literary Journal, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, The Cabin’s Writers in the Home series, The Cabin’s Writers in the Attic anthology series, the Flim Forum Press anthology A Sing Economy, and elsewhere. She was a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee. You can find an interview about her writing process at The Wire’s Dream Magazine.

Her poetry was included in the Boise Art Museum as part of the year-long exhibit Tall Tales: Narratives From The Permanent Collection and in the Boise City Archives as part of their COVID Community Collection. You can read about the process of creating poetry for the exhibit in an interview at Greenbelt Magazine. She has poetry forthcoming as part of a public art project for the Eagle Art Stop Program.

She is a 2023 Artist-in-Residence for The Rice Place in Portland, OR, and the Sou’wester Arts & Ecology Center in Seaview, WA.  She was a 2020 Artist-in-Residence for Surel’s Place, a 2019 Artist-in-Residence for Oregon Caves National Monument, a 2019 Artist-in-Residence for Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, a 2018 Artist-in-Residence for Boise Public Library, and a 2017 Artist-in-Residence for Craters of the Moon National Monument. You can hear excerpts from poetry she wrote at Craters of the Moon here. Upcoming residencies include The Rice Place in Portland, OR, and the Sou’wester Arts & Ecology Center in Seaview, WA. 

She’s received grants from the COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the Alexa Rose Foundation, among others.

She’ s performed her poetry at 80 readings across Idaho and the West. Recent readings include Poetry & Mimosas at Storyfort on March 26th and the MING Studios 7 O’Clock Reading Series on April 28th. Recent readings include the My On Mondays podcast series, the Death Rattle Writers Festival’s 9th anniversary showcase, the Pacific Northwest Poets Showcase at Storyfort literary festival, on KRBX Radio Boise as part of The Poetry Show and the Stray Theater Variety Show, the Lit Youngstown First Wednesday Series, the Idaho Botanical Garden’s BLOOM Summer Reading Series, and as part of the CCC Fund Community Showcase at the Velma V. Morrison Center for Performing Arts. Upcoming readings include the Poetry & Mimosas event at Storyfort (March 2023) and the MING Studios 7 O’Clock Reading Series (April 30th).

She is an English instructor in the Intensive English Program at Boise State University and a creative writing instructor for the Catalyst Arts Collaborative and The Cabin, Idaho’s only literary center. She was previously a co-organizer for Ghosts & Projectors: A Poetry Reading Series and for Voices of the Earth, a yearly Earth Day reading series hosted through Boise State University’s Department of Sustainability. She has volunteered as a judge for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, and the Alexa Rose Foundation and previously wrote book reviews for [PANK]. Previously, she taught at Naropa University, Miami University, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, and the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Her work is often hybrid, multidisciplinary, ecopoetic, or ekphrastic. She is working on collection of poetry that humanizes conservation issues surrounding the loss of habitat and biodiversity during the Anthropocene. Her interests include environmental art and writing, soundscape ecology (bioacoustics), birding, caving, native plants, habitat conservation and restoration, musicology, and herstory.

When not teaching or writing, she volunteers for the Idaho Trails Association and the City of Boise, where she helps with sagebrush habitat restoration; the Cloud Appreciation Society, where she moderates the Idaho cloudspotter group; and Golden Eagle Audubon Society, where she serves on the GEAS education committee and is a curriculum instructor for the Golden Eagle Academy. She is also a member of the Idaho Native Plant Society.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and iNaturalist.

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