Heather Kirn Lanier

Heather LanierVisiting Assistant Professor

Hamilton Campus
237 Rentschler Hall
(513) 785 3150
lanierhn@miamioh.edu

EDUCATION

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Ohio State University, 2007

M.A. in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University, 2002

TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Composition
  • Cultural Studies
RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • The Essay as Art Form
  • Memoir & Personal Essay
  • Hybrid/Experimental Nonfiction Forms
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Selected essays

  • “Forgiving the Governor of South Carolina.” Fourth Genre 13.1 (2011): 63-67.
  • “The Evildoer and the God Who Made Him.” The Southern Review 47.1 (2011): 125-140.
  • “Thug-Life Sonnets.” Prairie Schooner 83.4 (2010): 111-124.
  • “Pictures Came and Broke Your Heart.” Barrelhouse Magazine 6 (2008): 108-118.
  • “Twelve Pieces for the Hungry Ghosts.” Colorado Review 34.1 (2007): 150-165.

Selected Poetry

  • The Story You Tell Yourself. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2012. Print. (forthcoming)
  • “The Love Hotel.” Alaska Quarterly Review 27.1&2 (2010): 205-206.
  • “Mini-Cities.” The Cincinnati Review 6.2 (2009): 31.
  • “Jim Shows Me Twelve Jesuses.” Shenandoah 59.1 (2009) 100-101.
  • “Writer Repents.” Beloit Poetry Journal 59.1 (2008): 27.

Web Publications

GRANTS AND AWARDS
  • Winner, Wick Poetry Center Open Chapbook Competition, 2011
  • Recipient, Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholarship in Nonfiction, 2009
  • Honoree, Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2008
  • Recipient, Professional Development Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • Recipient, Creative Writing Thesis/Dissertation Fellowship, Ohio State University, 2007
  • Recipient, Graduate Associate Teaching Award, Ohio State University, 2007
  • Recipient, The Vandewater Poetry Prize, 2007
  • Recipient, The Haidee Forsyth Burkhardt Award in Nonfiction, 2007
  • Nominee, The AWP Intro Award in Creative Nonfiction, 2006
  • Honoree, The Atlantic Monthly's Student Writing Contest, Nonfiction, 2006
  • Recipient, Commendation Letter for Excellent Student Evaluations, Ohio State University’s First-Year Writing Program, 2005
WORK IN PROGRESS

Heather Kirn Lanier is currently working on a book-length work of creative nonfiction about growing up as a fundamentalist Christian, falling in love with a Buddhist monk, and marrying an Episcopal priest. She’s also always at work on other essays and poems.