I'm a writer in Tucson, Arizona.

If you want to get in touch, email is best: j@joelhans.com. You can follow along on Bluesky (@joelhans) or Instagram (@_joelhans). To a much lesser extent, Twitter (@joelhans).

For fun, I write fiction. Mostly in the form of fairy tales.

Some of those works have been featured in West Branch, No Tokens, Puerto del Sol, Booth: A Journal, The Adroit Journal, The Masters Review, Caketrain, and others. I maintain a list of all these publications if you'd like to take a look.

I received my MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona in 2016 and served as the prose & managing editor of Fairy Tale Review from 2014 to 2018.

I'm currently working on a novel about mythology, fatherhood, constellations, light pollution, and the lengths to which we might go to rewrite our own stories.

My work was listed as an honorable mention in the Caketrain Competition and the Madeline P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize judged by Brian Evenson, nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and the recipient of the University of Arizona Foundation Award.

Day to day, I'm a freelance content and copywriter for open source and cloud native organizations like CNCF, Kubeshop, and Radicle. I'm mostly interested in developer education & marketing, documentation, and working on projects at the pointy end of cloud native/Kubernetes.

When not working, I spend as much time as I can with my daughters, mountain bike, play guitar, do calisthenics, and walk around my backyard barefoot. There's also running, web development, knowledge graphs, gardening, and a few other interests—hopefully write about each of them someday.

Joel Hans and his daughters

Me and my daughters. Mt. Lemmon, Arizona. Nov 8, 2021.