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HFosterprofileFor 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.


**Rates are $3/page for prose. For poetry, please send a brief query and I will respond within 24 hours with the rate for your project (this is so that I can be fair to you and give you the best possible price). For book-length projects, please send a query for a price estimate. Send all queries to: heatherfosterwrites@gmail.com. I look forward to working with you!

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!

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HFosterI 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!!!

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I’m Baaaaack!

Hey, y’all!

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!

xo,

Heather

I’m thrilled to announce that my twisted story, “The Armadillo,” will be published in EXIGENCIES, an anthology by Dark House Press. It’s a 2015 release, but in the meantime, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and check out THE NEW BLACK, sure to be a terrific read (Roxane Gay, Stephen Graham Jones, and more!) and out in a few short months.

Texas3In July 2012, I had the pleasure of hearing Stephen Graham Jones read his brilliant, beautiful fiction at Murray State University in Kentucky (where I earned my MFA). Anyone with halfway decent eyesight can see that Stephen is magnificently goodlooking. I wasn’t the only one who felt like the A/C cut off when he walked into the room.

 

This poem my SEEM to be about that. But this poem isn’t about that. This poem is about how his words are so right, so natural, so POETIC (something Carrie Jerrell mentioned when she introduced him), that you give in to him. As a reader, you’d follow him anywhere: from a fire in Texas to a zombie apocalypse to the passenger side of the I-10 killer’s pickup. In other words, he is so good on the page, it’s more than enough to give a girl a crush.

 

I heard Stephen read at just the right time in my writing life. It had been exactly 6 months since I successfully defended my thesis, and exactly 6 months since I’d written anything worth a damn. I bought Growing Up Dead in Texas after the reading, and it was everything. I was so inspired. My poem “Ode to Stephen Graham Jones” (up now at Word Riot, love them!) practically flew out of my fingertips.

 

Ultimately, it’s a thank you, written in the afterglow of a great read. I hope that when folks read this poem, the JOY I felt when writing it is evident. And Stephen, if you read it, I hope you dig.

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