Hannah Pittard: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Hannah Pittard

Award-winning novelist and short story writer

Hannah Pittard is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, BOMB, Oxford American, Mississippi Review, and many other places, including NPR’s New Shorts Commissioning Project. She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. Her novels include The Fates Will Find Their Way, which was longlisted for the Dutch Dioraphte Award and a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and Reunion.

Pittard was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended private schools, but not church, which wasn’t the norm in the south in the eighties. Her parents divorced when she was six and, in order to end the resultant eight-year custody battle, she enrolled at Deerfield Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts, at age 13. Pittard went on to study English Language & Literature and graduate with honors from the University of Chicago. She has studied in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2004, she was offered a Henry Hoyns Fellowship to attend the University of Virginia’s MFA program in creative writing (fiction). She graduated in 2007, after completing an invitational third-year, during which she edited Meridian literary magazine.

For four years, Pittard taught at DePaul University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Fiction. In the fall of 2014, she joined – along with her husband, the writer W. Andrew Ewell – the faculty at the University of Kentucky’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Hannah Pittard is the author of four novels, including two forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin, LISTEN TO ME (2016) and ATLANTA, 1962 (2017). Her second novel, REUNION, was named a Millions' Most Anticipated Book, a Chicago Tribune Editor's Choice, a BuzzFeed Top-5 Great Book, a Best New Book by People Magazine, a Top-10 Read by Bustle Magazine and LibraryReads, a Must-Read by TimeOut Chicago, and a Hot New Novel by Good Housekeeping. Her debut, THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY, was an Oprah Magazine selection, an Indie Next pick, a Powell's Indiespendible Book Club Pick, and a "best of" selection by The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, Details Magazine, The Kansas City Star, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and Hudson Booksellers. She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine.

In her novel, Reunion, Pittard writes about debt, suicide, and marital instability, as well as the shifting dynamics of family. If she writes about debt well, it’s because she has intimate knowledge of post-college, early-20s credit card debt. Likewise, if she writes about suicide as someone who’s dealt firsthand with it, it’s because she’s lost a grandfather to a self-inflicted gunshot wound and an adoptive father to a deliberate morphine overdose.

At the podium, Hannah can speak to the challenges that life puts before us and how one can overcome them. Having spoken to many different audiences from undergraduates to professionals in various fields on the topics of love, loss, debt, family dynamics, creative writing, and coming of age, Hannah’s program is versatile and genuine making her a perfect fit for a variety of programming.

She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. She teaches English at the University of Kentucky.She divides her time between Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her husband, W. Andrew Ewell.

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