One of my journalism mentors once said that stories — especially feature stories — are empathy machines. I couldn't agree more. I read, and write, to walk in someone else's shoes, even if for a brief moment.
Though I love venturing out into the quirky and humorous, I also have a love for investigating and writing feature stories about social, food, healthcare, and environmental justice, as well as art, exile, immigration, and political dissent.
And I'm always looking for new and exciting stories to tell. Let's connect.
I was born behind the Iron Curtain to a family of political dissidents. We escaped when I was still very little, crossed Check Point Charlie by foot, from East to West Berlin, and defected to the West in Paris. Some of my earliest memories are of that very journey, and of the trams and tanks we left behind in the streets of Warsaw. In short: I grew up as a child refugee on political asylum in France, and became an immigrant in Canada at age 10. I've experienced and witnessed autocratic rule, military violence, exile, poverty, hunger, discrimination, and injustice, but also the generosity and kindness of strangers.
Little did I know that this was only the beginning of a lifelong vagabondage. I've lived in 11 countries, so far — France, Poland, Canada, Mexico, India, Italy, the U.K., Zambia, Hungary, Hong Kong, and the U.S. — visited over 70 others, and trekked through mountains on five continents. Our planet and our world are, indeed, magnificent, and some. I may identify as French, but I'm also North American, and my heart is still in Hong Kong.
I collect degrees, survived an MA and an MFA in narrative writing, and had the opportunity to study storytelling with some fantastic writers, too: Sigrid Nunez, Ha Jin, Leslie Epstein, Kim Cross, to name but a few.
Today, I live in the high desert and mountains of New Mexico, and work as a writer, editor, and emerging independent journalist. I love animals. I love snow. I love butter and bread and honey.
— Ania Hull
aka Anna Prawdzik Hull)