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 two award-winning poetry chapbooks, HEART-SHAPED BED IN HIROSHIMA (Standing Rock, 2015), 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 and The Pushcart Anthology Series. She has published poems and essays in dozens of places, including Salon, The Sun, Utne Reader Online, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and Fourth Genre. A graduate of Ohio State University’s MFA program, she has taught ninth graders in Baltimore, Maryland, English language learners in Imabari, Japan, and undergraduates of all stripes at Ohio State, UC Berkeley, Miami University, and Skidmore College. She currently teaches at Southern Vermont College.

You can contact her at