welcome to the online home of hannah nyala west

I am a writer, tracker, and ethnographic historian. Welcome to my (online) front porch.


I took on the twinned habits of reading and writing early, thanks to the stories of my grandparents and father, but especially my mother, who read to me from Day One, gave me sturdy books and yellow pencils and alluring blank notebooks, into which I painstakingly copied letters and words and sentences, sounding them out as if my life depended on it. Perhaps it did.

A selection of books I have written—

Point Last Seen was the first book I wrote and published.

Leave No Trace was my second book—and the first fiction book I published.

Cry Last Heard is the sequel to Leave No Trace.

A selection of books I can’t live without—


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