so, who am I?

Man, online bios are weird, aren't they? This feels a little bit like a blind date, but you already know a little about me. So here goes...

I love words: reading them, writing them, memorizing them, debating them, find just the right one at just the right moment. As a Christian, I love the description of Jesus as the Word made flesh.

I love my people: my ever-patient husband, my six children from three continents via two births and two adoptions, my faithful friends who believe in me even when I can't. 

I love vulnerable people, maybe because I don’t love small talk. When vulnerability and empathy meet, beauty is born. I'm certain of it.

I love stories, and I'm beginning to speak mine in ways I never have before, especially when it comes to be disabilities and history of childhood sexual abuse and trafficking. Some stories aren't for public consumption, but I hope those I do share create a sacred space here and invite others to be brave with me.

Welcome, brave one. I'm glad you're here!

(Oh, and I'm represented by Amy Elizabeth Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret, and my first book will release in early 2021 with HarperOne.


educational background

Master's of Arts in Education (MAEd)
East Carolina University
Special Education
Specialty: Autism & Learning Disabilities

Bachelor's of Arts
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Communication Studies
Interpersonal & Organization Communication


if you're looking for the more classic sort of bio, here you go...

Shannon Dingle is a disabled activist, freelance writer, sex trafficking survivor, & recovering perfectionist. While she knows the societal rules about which topics to avoid in public settings, she breaks them regularly and teaches her six children to get into "good trouble, necessary trouble," in the words of civil rights icon John Lewis.

Shannon has written for USA Today, The Washington Post, and Teen Vogue, and her work has been featured by, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Daily Kos, Christianity Today, NPR, Slate and Good Morning America. Her first book will release in 2021 with Harper One.


media about my story and work