I write essays, criticism, and reported pieces on subjects including the gender politics of ponies, the utopian possibilities of jumpsuits, the early days of public radio, and the dark history of eugenics. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, Guernica, Topic, Longreads, Museum,  and The White Review, amongst others. I’m currently working on a book about the cultural history of the female butt for Avid Reader.

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 at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, wrote about social practice art and the history of Chicago, and lectured on Hull-House, Jane Addams, historic house museums, and innovative curatorial practice at historic sites. I also was an audio producer and made radio pieces for museums, cultural institutions, and public radio stations across the country.

I am represented by Matt McGowan and Frances Goldin Literary Agency.

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