About Hannah Stephenson
The Storialist is Hannah Stephenson, a poet, writer, editor, and instructor. Hannah earned her M.A. in English from The Ohio State University in 2006, and has been published (or has work forthcoming) in the Contrary, Parabola, Stymie, MAYDAY, The Nervous Breakdown, qarrtsiluni, Far Away Literary Magazine, Spoonful, FORTH, ouroboros review, Lazy Gramophone, The Birmingham Arts Journal, GLOSS, Mankind Mag, and Ophelia Street. Since April of 2010, she has been a poetry blogger for the Huffington Post. She lives in Columbus, Ohio (where she teaches and runs Paging Columbus, a literary event series) with her husband and cats.
About The Storialist
Hannah began The Storialist in July 2008, determined to make poetry a part of her daily life. As a lifelong people-watcher and daily reader of the fashion blog, The Sartorialist, she found herself wondering about the lives of the people in the photos...who were they, what were they in the middle of, where were they going, how did they get there, what was in their pockets and purses, what instruments did they play, who were they connected to and disconnected from? Initially, Hannah's Storialist poems were companion pieces or imagined backstories to The Sartorialist's daily images.
Now, Hannah still writes and posts poems every weekday, but her sources for inspiration have widened considerably. Most frequently, her work links to paintings, drawings, sculptures, architecture, and photography. And while these pieces of art are indeed jumping-off points for inspiration, the Storialist poems are not dependent on the images they link to. Rather, the Storialist plays with these images--constructing new contexts, describing, imagining, inventing.
Hannah welcomes your comments and ideas. Feel free to drop her a line should you have any questions, or images that you would like to share.
Word Services: www.hannahjstephenson.blogspot.com