Writer, teacher and theatre artist
Heather Harpham is a writer, teacher and theater artist whose debut memoir, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After (Holt) was the April 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection and was chosen for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Series. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in Slate, The Guardian, Parents, MORE Magazine, Water~Stone Review and Red Magazine in the UK. In addition to her prose, Harpham’s writing includes six original solo works for the stage, the most recent of which, BURNING, toured nationally. Harpham’s writing has been recognized with the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant, support from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women, and a New York Innovative Theater Award nomination. She has taught as a guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the US and internationally, including at Sarah Lawrence College, the Notafe Festival of Estonia, and the Kathmandu International Theatre Festival in Nepal. Originally from the northern California, Harpham now lives in New York, a short walk from the Hudson River, with her family.
Workshops: Writing the Self and Others in Memoir — Constructing Characters beyond a Good Guy / Bad Guy Binary and Sickness, Wellness, Life and Death: Writing about Medical Peril