I write essays, criticism, and reported pieces on subjects including the politics of ponies, the utopian possibilities of jumpsuits, and the early days of public radio. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, Guernica, Topic, Longreads, Museum, and The White Review.  I've also contributed essays to books on social practice art and the history of Chicago, and written and lectured on the Hull-House and Jane Addams, historic house museums, and innovative curatorial practice at historic sites. 

I am finishing an MFA in Nonfiction at Columbia University, where I also teach undergraduate writing. I founded the Incarcerated Writer’s Initiative at Columbia University, and continue to serve as an advisor.

Before coming to New York, I lived in Chicago for almost a decade, where I worked as a museum curator, audio producer, and public historian. 

I'd love to hear from you: heather [dot] radke [at] gmail [dot] com