English and Creative Writing

ReLynn Hansen

Associate Professor

624 S Michigan, Rm 1200D
Phone: (312) 369-8106
Email: rhansen@colum.edu


Re'Lynn Hansen’s work has appeared in Hawai'i Review, Rhino, New Madrid, Water~Stone, New South, Poem Memoir Story, and contrary, where her essay was named as one of the ten best of the decade. She is the recipient of the New South Prose Prize, and the Prism Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her chapbook, 25 Sightings of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker was published by Firewheel Press. Her book of nonfiction prose poems, Some Women I Have Known, is forthcoming from White Pine Press. Her Novel, Take Me to the Underground, was nominated for a Lambda Literary award. She teaches a variety of courses in the Creative Writing Dept. at Columbia College including the foundations and thesis classes in nonfiction.

Teaching Interests

Creative Nonfiction, Form Theory and Craft of Nonfiction, Researched Essay, Personal Essay

Research Interests

Form, Theory, Craft of Essay. Subjects as related to researched essays.


B.A., Columbia College Chicago 1980
M.A., Combined Creative Writing and Teaching of Writing Columbia College Chicago 1986