my name is hannah brencher. i am 25 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.

i am a New England transplant trying out life in Atlanta for a while. i heard it was the spot where all the players play.


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 accepted a book deal with Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. my memoir, “If You Find This Letter” will be on bookshelves across the world in March 2015– you can get the buzz + early details here. i love my agent- Mackenzie Brady– something fierce.

35 thoughts on “HI.

  1. Stephanie McCaffrey says:

    As I’ve said so many times before, you are an extraordinary writer, Hannah. I have this sense that many, many, many more people will come to read your sewn-together-sentences and fall in love with the stories you fashion.

  2. Hello Hannah, I love this about article..your writing is very real & funny to read. 🙂

    Well, you can combine your skill (writing) & passion (design), and lure people who aren’t really interested in design but love a good sentence into the world of design.


  3. herestheproblem says:

    I absolutely adore how positive you are. And while I usually find comfort in the cynical world I surround myself in, your style makes it easy to smile at all the good things.

  4. Hi Hannah…it’s nice to virtually meet you 🙂
    You stopped by and commented on my blog yesterday…thank you!

    I LOVE what you’ve written here…it’s absolutely beautiful! You have inded created something beautiful that will last forever!

  5. Oh wow, this is beautiful. I found your blog on 20 something bloggers and am so glad I did. I, too, am an aspiring writer. I love finding the blogs of other 20 something women with similar dreams. Not only do they inspire, but I enjoy reading their blogs the most.

    I’m your newest fan on facebook.

  6. Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth) says:

    i love your blog & your positive energy 🙂 it is really awesome!! xoxoxo

  7. I am very happy to meet ya. I can see that you have a great attitude about life. Way to be. 🙂 I love the passion you show here in your writing. I am happy you stopped in to visit my blog. I hope you have many hours of fun blogging and many more hours of fun writing. 🙂

  8. This is the most beautiful “about me” blog post I’ve ever read. I resonate with your words because I sew (mostly quilts, and art quilts) as well as write.

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  10. theredheadblogette says:

    I’m glad you found my blog–and now I’ve found yours. We definitely have the potential to be blogger bffs!

  11. Sharon (the dance teacher) DiCrosta says:

    Hannah…you have taught me more than I ever taught you…and I DO know how to sew! Your words ARE silk, satin, linen, beads and rhinestones…I love every minute of it. I miss you, and love to see the person you have become. You are on my mind often, more than you know. Love you,
    Miss Sharon

  12. I can’t think of another way to put it, but you write so beautifully, Hannah. I really admire the work that you do. Keep it up! 🙂

  13. what attracted me to your blog were your blog titles and images. Then I read your words and I didn’t fall in love but I’m in love. And I plan to remain that way.
    God bless you and your gift.

  14. Mmd says:

    I need a love letter from someone I know, someone who loves me and I love her. All my life I used to receive thousands of love letters in my mind! By day dreaming! Now I need to receive a real love letter that says when she comes around so I can feel her! I want to sleep while she’s in my arm not with her letter! I want to hear another voice in my silent room not my voice repeating her words! If the whole world write love letter to me and every day, it’s not even comparable with being with her for one minute!
    Having said all these, I appreciate your effort.

  15. Hannah – With elementary schools already eliminating the teaching of cursive writing and explosion of internet/social media and it’s knee-jerk sharing of every.single.thought., I have long feared the death of the hand written letter. The loss of thoughtful consideration of what you want to say, not to 000’s of people, but to that 1 person. The inability of the internet to allow you to return to that card or creamy piece of stationary and hold it in your hand – knowing that it traveled ‘hither and yon’ to get to you – , so you can reread and potentially keep it ‘forever seems like a fundamental and profound loss.

    While I enjoy receiving a hand written note/letter in the mail, the pleasure I derive from writing and sending a letter on creamy, fine stationary or Hallmark card is exponentially and enormously more satisfying to me. I imagine the recipient, getting to their mail box after a long day, hands full of the detritus of the day and amid all the junk mail and bills, their eyes fix on the one piece of mail that naturally stands out from the rest and the routine is now transformed into “yea! I got some mail!” Real mail – the kind for which the pony express must have been designed.

    Being almost 50 years old (but with the heart of a 20-something), I am SO heartened to learn of you and your efforts and even more so, of the following you have!! It gives me hope that the exquisite and divine art of letter writing will not fall to the wayside at the hands of the mighty ‘click’! Thank you most sincerely!

  16. Bong says:

    Thanks a lot for reminding me my hardest time that I almost lived on hand written letters from the one I have needed.

  17. You have some of the most positive energy I’ve encountered online in a long time. In addition, you’re an extraordinary writer and you seem to have a heart of gold to boot! What a lovely combination.

    I’m a letter writer going back a ways (ehem, longer than I care to admit, thank you) and think MLL is one of the most beautiful things ever. Letter writing not only perks up the receiver but can do much for the writer/sender, also.

    Bless you for all you do, especially for MLL.

  18. Claire says:

    Thank you, Hannah, for using your writing gift to spread love and encourage others, both by blog and ink. You are an big inspiration to this wee lassie in Scotland. xx

  19. Your blog is so beautiful. I don’t know you as a person but from watching you in Ted Talks , and joining your More Love Letters movement i can truly see that you’re beautiful inside and out and that’s what the world needs. More people like you, who clearly want to make a difference. I’m all for it. You have my total support.

  20. Sylvia Kim says:

    I’m so glad to watch your speech from Ted. You inspired me a lot. I really loved your story and I’d like to share it with more people and spread this delightful move in my country. I hope to consult with you about it.
    Thank you for your wonderful idea which makes the world more beautiful.

    Big love from South Korea.

  21. karmacharya bipin says:

    Hi Hannah,
    Saw your Ted talk , it was inspiring and felt that there is somebody who thinks about other beyond oneself. Thanks

  22. Hannah, you are such an inspiration. I have just seen your TED talk and decided to look for your blog. I love handwritten letters and I sometimes send those to my long-distance boyfriend. I don’t know if it makes that much difference to him, but it does to me and I think that giving should really bbe unconditional.

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