Colleen Clancy Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an English major, a speech/drama minor, and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching. She retired after teaching secondary English for twenty-five years.
She was awarded eighth place in Inspirational writing in the 82nd annual Writers Digest competition; in the 78th Writers Digest competition, the poem, “To a Grandmother, Adeline, I Never Knew” was awarded Honorable Mention. The poem is the basis for Destination: Butte, Montana, the history of the John-Davis/Clancy family history beginning in Wales and Ireland destined for Butte, Montana prior to the War of the Copper Kings. Destination: Butte, Montana, was published in August 2014 by Sweetgrass Books, Helena, Montana.
She has been a member of HEA, MEA, and NEA. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI); a retired member of Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts (MATELA).
Her husband of forty-four years, Alec Hansen, retired as the Director of the Montana League of Cities and Towns after 32 years of service. They have two children, Lucy, a Family Law attorney in Missoula, and a son, Eamon, graduated from Carroll College in public relations and communication. Lucy’s son, Gus, is an eight-year old bibliophile.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
Two articles and my photo in the Montana Standard on Sept. 19 and Sept. 22, 2014 for Destination: Butte, Montana.
Destination: Butte, Montana was recognized as one of the ten best selling books at Montana Book and Toy Company in Helena, Montana for 2014. Published in Aug. 2014.
Missoula Public Library 2015 Writing Contest: 3rd place in fiction for the 19+ age category for Ghost Children in Elkhorn, Montana.
Awarded 8th place in Inspiration Writing in 2012 for the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Contest for “Love Is a Web.” This is an essay about my son’s journey through the challenges of living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Awarded Honorable Mention for the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Contest for my non-rhyming poem, “To A Grandmother, Adeline, I Never Knew.” This poem is the basis for Destination: Butte, Montana.
Writers of the Gulch 2000 Casting Across the Gulch-An anthology of Fiction, Poetry, and Essays from Helena, Montana. Two poems were included: “To Be King of the Hill” and “The Cabin.”
Chinook-Wind Poetry Anthology, 2000, Chinook-Wind Poetry Center-Great Falls, Montana. Three poems were included for this anthology and I read at the poetry performance on April 2, 2000, at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art: “A Dream,” “An American Dream,” and “Alzheimer’s Disease.”
I Wanted the Moon 1999 Helena School District Arts Plus Program Poetry Anthology. My “Teacher Poem,” is titled, “The Silent Season.”
“Reader to Reader” column in the Victoria magazine 1998. The article was “The Fourth of July.”
I’m always interested in writer’s workspaces, so I thought I’d share a few photos of where I do my work: