my name is hannah brencher. i am 24 years old but i harbor a soul that is old & thick like the hands of Navajo grandmothers that swoop upward by the fire at night.
i’ve been black swanning the blogosphere since 2009. this is my toaster oven for all things creative, nonfiction & hot. if i had my way, this blog would have walls. christmas lights spanning the interior. coffee always dripping in the kettle. crepes powdered & fresh on turquoise pottery. your nook for the days when the rain just ain’t stopping. a place for you to dwell in words that have only learned to pray their lettered limbs be like lanterns you.
i am a writer. not my choice. by the fact that I’ve had the hearts of others stapled to my sleeves since childhood and searching the ground for syllables seems like the only way to finally put those heavy hearts down.
my life is sweet & sticky & beautiful. only because I declared it that way. i got tired of the stress & anxiety & the self-consumed life. i worked for a different life. every day. the work humbled me. brought me to my knees. i’m never going back.
i am a child of God in the every, every day. that’s not said to make your skin crawl, just to let you know that i am unreliable in my own skin. & He proves to be a carrier & a problem solver & a savior.
the business of broken hearts.
i began leaving love letters all over New York City back in October 2010 as a way to try to fight off my own loneliness and depression. the callouses still have not faded from the following year as i spent nine months mailing over 400 love letters to strangers in need around the world. today i run The World Needs More Love Letters, a global love letter writing organization that harnesses the power behind social media to write and mail love letters to individuals across the globe. i’m like a proud mama when i tell people it’s spread across 6 continents and all 50 states. she is my labor of love. where i spend my days.
i have had the pleasure & honor of being featured in notable pubs such as the Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Glamour, Men’s Health Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. my little message has gone international & overseas through pubs such as the UK’s Guardian, Brazil’s Mulher, and Chile’s El Mercurio. you can find me sitting pretty with the White House, chilling with the folks at AOL, sweet talking with Jeff Probst, and giving a TED talk hurrr.
i recently signed with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency and i love my agent- Mackenzie Brady- something fierce. i am currently working on my first memoir.
i just want you to know…
this blog is a testimony that all those little clichés from childhood–dreams do come true, the impossible is possible, etc– are actually not that far off from the truth.
life is gritty & hard & never predictable but there’s not a day where my head has left the clouds and it’s all weaving out to be something quite remarkable. you’ll find it unfolding in this space.