who I am

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. I love the Word made flesh, Jesus, and the way he casts light into dark places. 

I love my people: my ever-patient husband, my six little ones 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. I'm talking both about those people who need support or simply for someone to affirm their humanity with dignity and love AND those who are living boldly and inviting others to do so. 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 for my first book. I'll be sharing more about this soon!)


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 freelance speaker and writer who talks about all the topics we’re taught to avoid in mixed company. She doesn't shy away from the hard places, from politics and privilege to trauma and disability. Her work and story have been featured by the Today show, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, NPR, Slate, Sojourners, and Good Morning America. She, her husband, and their six children make up a beautiful multi-ethnic family. They live in Raleigh, NC where they've found a home in the faith community at the church plant SouthEast Raleigh Table.