Peter Campion, author of Other People and The Lions has said poet Joan Hanna possesses a unique “ability to portray, in high resolution and with evocative power, the people and places that make up a passionate and compassionate life.”
MBA: Can you explain your process for putting together The Miracle of Mercury? Did you print out poems and rearrange them on the floor or revise on your Kindle for example?
JH: I am working on a sci-fi novel tentatively named, Are You Still My Girl? I know it seems like a big stretch to go from this type of very personally themed autobiographical poetry to sci-fi. I have spent that past seven or eight years completely immersed in poetry and am finding fiction to be gratifying at this juncture. It feels good to get outside myself and work with fictional characters, but I assure you, many of these same themes will always pop up in all of my work.