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“You know how some writers work makes you feel better of being alive?

That’s how I feel about Heather Kirn Lanier’s work.” –Amy Monticello

Heather Kirn Lanier is the author of TEACHING IN THE TERRORDOME: TWO YEARS IN WEST BALTIMORE WITH TEACH FOR AMERICA (University of Missouri, 2012), and THE STORY YOU TELL YOURSELF (Kent State U, 2012), winner of the Wick Poetry Open Chapbook Competition. She has received a Rona Jaffe – Bread Loaf Scholarship in nonfiction and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, also in nonfiction. Her work has been noted in The Best American Essays Series, nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and published in dozens of places, including Salon, The Southern Review, Fourth Genre, The Cincinnati Review, The Threepenny Review, and The Sun. A graduate of Ohio State University’s MFA program, she has taught inner-city ninth graders in Baltimore, English language learners in Imabari, Japan, and undergraduates of all stripes at Ohio State, UC Berkeley, and Miami University. You can contact her at heatherklanier@gmail.com.