“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 a real human I want to hear from.” –Jennifer Lunden, Pushcart Winner, speaking to her gmail spam

Heather Kirn Lanier is an essayist, memoirist, and poet. She’s 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. Her book about raising a child with a rare chromosomal syndrome is forthcoming from Penguin Press and Piatkus / Little, Brown UK. Her related TED talk, “‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Are Incomplete Stories We Tell Ourselves,” has been viewed over two million times. She has received a Rona Jaffe – Bread Loaf Scholarship, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a Vermont Creation Grant. 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, Vela Magazine, 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 is now Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Rowan University.

You can contact her at heatherklanier@gmail.com.

She’s represented by Anna Knutson Geller of Write View.