Heather Hewett has been writing and teaching for almost 20 years. Her personal essays have been included in books such as The Good Mother Myth (Seal Press) and A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley (Codhill Press).
Heather’s articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Allergic Living Magazine, The New York Times Motherlode blog, Women’s Review of Books, Boston Review, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, and others. Between 2009–2013, she curated a monthly column, “Women Across Borders,” for Girl w/ Pen, a group blog that publicly and passionately dispels modern myths concerning gender. She has written extensively about parenting children with food allergies and media representations in the U.S. of women and girls in developing nations. A lifelong athlete, she has also written about the experiences of Muslim girls who play sports in Senegal, learning how to play ice hockey as an adult, and how injured professional female athletes cope with pain.
Heather holds a BA from Yale and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a doctoral certificate in African Studies. Her scholarly work explores changing narratives about motherhood and parenting, the role of storytelling within feminist and social justice movements, and the creative work of women writers in Africa and the African diaspora.
Heather has won awards and grants for her teaching as a professor of gender studies and nonfiction writing at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She lives with her husband and two children in the lower Hudson Valley, where they spend summers swimming in the river and winters driving to ice hockey tournaments.