“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 f 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 memoir, Raising a Rare Girl, is forthcoming in the summer of 2020 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. 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.