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Chatham University

Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Heather McNaugher

Heather McNaugher

Associate Professor of English
Hometown : Pittsburgh
Joined Chatham : 2006

Academic Areas of Interest

Contemporary Poetry, Contemporary English and American Novel, Victorian Novel, Nonfiction

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Heather McNaugher is the author of System of Hideouts (Main Street Rag, 2012). She teaches poetry, nonfiction, and literature at her alma mater, Chatham University, and is poetry editor of Fourth River. Her work has appeared in 5 A.M., The Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Leveler, and The Cortland Review, and on the radio show, Prosody. Her chapbook, Panic & Joy, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. She worked as a house cleaner and barista in Seattle, as a dog walker in Brooklyn, and then got her Ph.D. in English from The State University of New York at Binghamton. While working for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, she almost became a librarian. She's tried living elsewhere, but keeps coming back to Pittsburgh.


  • Ph.D., English, The State University of New York at Binghamton, NY 2004
  • BA, English, Chatham College, Pittsburgh 1995




  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs
  • Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment



  • “’It’s an Aesthetic Abomination:’” Aesthetics, Intimacy and Environment in Jane Smiley’s Good Faith” Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment, Idaho, June 2015
  • Binghamton University March 2014
  • “Eros in the Classroom” Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Boston 2013
  • University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, September 2012
  • Westmoreland County Arts Festival, July 2012
  • Cities of Asylum, September 2012
  • Awesome Books, Pittsburgh, July 2012
  • Pride in the Pines, Flagstaff, AZ June 2012
  • Hemingway's, May 2012
  • Robert Morris University April 2010
  • DV8 Coffee House Greensburg, PA March 2010
  • "The Hard Facts of the General & the Particular in Dickens' Hard Times" Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language & Media Northern Illinois University April 2010
  • Sixth Annual ACLU Bill of Rights Poetry Reading November 2009
  • "Redesign(at)ing the Body in D.H. Lawrence's The Fox." National College English Association Conference (Pittsburgh, PA), March 2009
  • Duquesne University Nov 2008
  • Robert Morris University April 2008
  • Interview with Karen Lillis of Lillis/Distributor Pittsburgh
  • Pot Luck Readers Series, Most Wanted Fine Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh Feb 2008
  • Choice Cuts, Slaughterhouse, Pittsburgh Feb 2008
  • Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City Feb 2008
  • Union Docs, Brooklyn Feb 2008