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Ranae Lenor Hanson

In her writing, Ranae Lenor Hanson weaves a path through the landscapes and communities of Minnesota that have informed her life and vision. In northern Minnesota, she learned an earth-based ethic like that of the Ojibwe people on whose land she grew up. After earning a Ph.D. in cross-cultural education, she taught writing and global studies at Minneapolis College. With her students, she confronted looming global catastrophes and learned from their stories of survival in the face of racism and climate disaster. Finding her own adult-onset type 1 diabetes to be an apt metaphor for the earth’s faltering life-support systems, she began to write in earnest, weaving stories gifted her by her students together with her own lived experience.

Recent & Notable Works



Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress (University of Minnesota Press, 2021)

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