Professional Speakers Series, Angie Johnson and Rachel Hanel
Sponsored by the English department and Sigma Tau Delta, the Professional Speakers Series features speakers from the community who work in for-profit and non-profit professions that value the background and skills the English major at Bethany provides.
Rachael Hanel lives and writes outside of Mankato, Minnesota. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and history and a master’s degree in history from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has worked or currently works as a newspaper reporter, copy editor, freelance writer, adjunct professor, university curriculum manager, and once as a waitress for seven months.
J. Angelique Johnson grew up in the foothills of Colorado where she draws much of her material. Her works have appeared in Mason’s Road, Fairfield University Online Literary Journal, Soviet Peaches: a Literary Magazine, and wonHonorable Mention for CALYX Journal’s 2011 Tenth Annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. She has also been a recipient of both the Minnesota State Arts Board/Artist Initiative Grant and the PLRAC/McKnight Emerging Artist Grant, and has published over a dozen children’s non-fiction books through Coughlan Companies. She lives in south central Minnesota with her husband and two children, and if she’s not reading or writing, she’s teaching it.