Links to my fiction available in print:
- “The Armadillo” – featured in EXIGENCIES (Dark House Press, 2015)
Links to my fiction available in print:
Earlier this week, Kevin Catalano posted this amazing piece called “5 + 20 Female Short Story Writers You Should Be Reading Right Now,” which is a response to, or really just an expansion of, the list of 5 women writers to watch posted on LitReactor a little while back. Instead of describing each writer’s style, though, Catalano posted excerpts of a story from each woman on the list, and I love that. As soon as I saw the list I was both really really excited and super humbled–I’m in some fierce company with the likes of Amber Sparks, H.L. Nelson, and ROXANE GAY. The story of mine he excerpted is “The Armadillo,” which is featured in EXIGENCIES (an incredible anthology from Dark House Press).
For further reading, I also have this flash fiction piece, “You Can Look Now,” up at Monkeybicycle, and I am in the early stages of working on a collection. I have some new stories I’m shopping right now. I hope to be able to share them with you soon! And of course, I started out in poetry (which I still write), so if you’re interested in that, check out my poems available online or in print from the site menu on the right-hand side of this page. Thanks for the support! :)
For a while now, I’ve offered private critiques of poems, essays, novels, and short fiction (my specialty as an editor) upon request. Now that I’ve stopped teaching four sections of Composition per semester, I have the time and desire to provide critiques to a larger pool of writers. I will give a careful, thoughtful, thorough critique of your piece with minimal wait time, and at a very competitive rate**. This includes both general/global feedback about the piece, any specific/local concerns throughout the piece, as well as line editing throughout.
I received an MFA in Poetry in 2012 and have taught college level writing courses, post-graduate poetry workshops, and various community writing classes. I have published over forty pieces (poems, stories, essays) in magazines and anthologies, including Exigencies (Dark House Press, 2015), Third Coast, Tampa Review, PANK, Rhino Poetry, Iron Horse Literary Review (Pushcart nomination), Superstition Review, Word Riot, and Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations. But of course what matters most is what the writers I’ve worked with say about my services. References are posted below:
“Behind every good writer hides a great editor—someone who can see into the heart of the story and its characters and understand them as well or better than its author, someone who can help the piece reach its full potential. The Maxwell Perkins of modern editors, Heather accomplishes just this. She is one of the best I’ve ever worked with.” – Mark Krieger
Mark Krieger’s work has appeared in: Narrative Magazine, Tampa Review (twice), KNOCK, Shambhalah Sun, and THEMA. His story “Scar” won first place for 2012 Danahy Award issued by Tampa Review (University of Tampa). An earlier draft was also a finalist for Narrative‘s 2011 Winter Story Contest. The story was also nominated for the anthology New Stories from the Midwest. Other pieces have been finalists for various awards.
As you may or may not know, I’m stepping away from teaching for a while, maybe forever. I explain a little about it in “Sh*t My Students Said” over at Superstition Review, but mostly, I list the top 10 craziest things my students have ever said. Enjoy!
I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely, brilliant, and terrifically gifted Amanda Gowin for the revival of her famous interview project, Curiouser & Curiouser. She had a magical way of coaxing out some seriously honest answers. Hope you get a kick out of it! :)
My story “The Armadillo” (preview BELOW) is part of EXIGENCIES, an anthology of original fiction from Dark House Press. It’s already generating some great buzz:
“From the shadows that dwell in some of the most creative, and gifted minds around, emerges a collection of short stories that will skulk across the footplate of literature for many years to come. Exigencies is the cloak thrown over the world, to show us that in darkness we can still find beauty, and will forever serve as a keepsake to great writing.”
—Craig Wallwork, author of The Sound of Loneliness
“These pages house some of the most exciting writers you’ve never heard of—yet. They make the mundane terrifying, the poignant macabre, the violent touching. The only thing you won’t find is the expected, because these stories will move the ground beneath your feet. Brace yourself.”
—Nik Korpon, author of Stay God
Release date JUNE 9!!!
I’m finally back in action. Shortly after my last post, I found out I was pregnant. To say that I was thrilled would be a gross understatement, since my husband and I had been desperately trying to have a third child for 6 years. It was so unexpected, so beautiful, that I unplugged from pretty much every other aspect of my life in order to enjoy it.
On June 15, 2014, my husband and I welcomed our precious daughter, Harper June Willow Foster, into the world. Her brothers are as enamored with her as we are, and we are enjoying every moment of watching the three of them interact with one another.
Now I’m back to teaching. I’m back to writing. And hopefully, I’m back to keeping this site updated. 2014 has been a fairly quiet year for me professionally, but it was a welcome sabbatical. I’m ready to get back in the saddle. Be on the lookout for some new stuff soon!