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, The Guardian Long Read, and The White Review, amongst others.  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 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 am represented by Matt McGowan and Frances Goldin Literary Agency.

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