Heather McNaugher, Ph.D.

Heather McNaugher
Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing
Lindsay - 32

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, PA 
Joined Chatham:  2006


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
  • Finalist, 2016 Philip Levine Poetry Prize for manuscript The Passenger and Other Poems
  • Finalist, 2011 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest, for manuscript "Emergency Contact"
  • Finalist, Main Street Rag Annual Poetry Book Award, 2011 (includes publication)
  • Irene Heinz Given Professor 2010 - 2013
  • Finalist, The Answer is a Shudder, Robin Becker Chapbook Prize sponsored by Seven Kitchens Press
  • Semi-finalist, Finishing Line Press’s New Women’s Voices Poetry Series, 2007 (includes chapbook publication)
  • Honorable Mention for “I Could Never” (poem) in Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest 2006
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs
  • Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment
  • Fetzer Institute/American Library Association Scholar 2009
  • System of Hideouts (full-length poetry collection) Main Street Rag Publishing Co. 2012
  • “’She Sought a Spiritual Heir:’ Cosmopolitanism in Howards End” (book chapter) in Literary Cartographies: Spatiality, Representation, and Narrative ed. Robert Tally 2014
  • Double Life poetry chapbook, Night Ballet Press 2014
  • Beside Yourself & A New Leaf (poems) Lilliput Spring 2015
  • Mixtape collaborative poetry e-chapbook, Blast Furnace 2015
  • You Wouldn't Do It (poem) The Cossack Review 6 2016
  • I Could Never & Untitled in Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration, Trinity University Press, 2014
  • Panic & Joy (poetry chapbook) Finishing Line Press 2008
  • Nighthawks, Affirmations, The Precise Moment of Take-off Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, 3rd ed., Autumn House Press, 2014
  • Pre-9/11, The Department of English, 2011, Sea Breeze, Olympia, WA (poems) The Paterson Literary Review Fall 2013
  • Play & The Stakes Weave Magazine July 2014
  • Nature & Environmental Writing Workshop (poem) Really System Spring 2015
  • The Outsiders (poem, Pushcart nominee) Lipsmack Winter 2014
  • The Porch (poem) Coal Hill Review 11 Autumn 2012
  • Highland Park (poem) RUNE Magazine Spring 2010
  • Teaching Moby Dick & Double Life (poems) 5 A.M. 34 Winter 2011
  • Accoutrements & Saturday Night with Self (poems) Pebble Lake Review Fall/Winter 2009
  • Armour (poem) 5 A.M. 31 Spring 2010
  • To Eat a Doughnut in the Dark, Alone (poem) Leveler Winter 2010
  • If (prose poem) Sleet Magazine 2.1 Spring 2010
  • Washer & Dryer (poem) Pittsburgh City Paper October 28, 2009
  • Cherry Pop-Tarts (poem) The New Ohio Review 6 Fall 2009
  • I Tell My Student (poem) The Gay & Lesbian Review March-April 2009
  • Emergency Contact (poem) Paterson Literary Review (forthcoming)
  • Bitter (poem) The Poets' Haggadah ed. by Rick Lupert 2008
  • What Do You Do? (poem) The Cortland Review 39
  • I Could Never (poem) The Paterson Literary Review 36
  • The Moment (poem) Dirt Rag Magazine July 2007
  • How to Dance (poem) Paper Street Spring 2007
  • Maedchen in Uniform (poem) The Gay & Lesbian Review July-August 2006
  • My Town of Endless Returns (nonfiction) TheNewYinzer.com Summer 2006
  • The Ballad of the Easily Overwhelmed (poem) The Paterson Literary Review 33
  • The New New Formalist (poem) The Paterson Literary Review 32
  • Imminence (nonfiction) The Bellevue Literary Review Spring 2003
  • Looking Up (poem) The Twelfth Street Review 1.2
  • Seattle (fiction) Blithe House Quarterly Fall 1999
  • Evidence (poem) Beacon Street Review 12.2
  • “’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