Heather Kirn Lanier, MA, MFA

Adjunct faculty, the Hunter Division of Humanities



  • MA in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University
  • MFA in Creative Writing, The Ohio State University

courses taught

  • English 101 Composition I, English 102 Composition II, Cw100 Introduction to Creative Writing

academic Research/interests

Contemporary Memoir, Innovations in the Essay, Essaying Memoirs, Disability Studies

areas of expertise

Creative Nonfiction Writing, Poetry Writing, Composition

Why I teach

I love being a student – I love asking questions and pursuing curiosities. I love holding myself in a place of uncertainty and then forging into the unknown, tacking as I learn and unlearn and discover. Teaching is the flip side of learning, and it requires similar skills: a willingness to be uncertain, relentless questioning and reflecting, and open curiosity. As a teacher, I get to foster this love of learning in my students, and I get to learn alongside them.

Favorite Book

Lying by Lauren Slater, Planet of the Blind by Steve Kuusisto, Prelude by Saeed Jones

Favorite film

Childhood favorite: Sound of Music; grown-up favorite: Before Sunset.

Best part of being at SVC

The small classes and the intimate, mission-driven sense of community. To boot, a quick glimpse out a window offers an instant visual vacation.