Heather Heckman-McKenna

Heather Heckman-McKenna
Research Assistant
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MA in English from Simmons University

BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College

Research and Teaching

Areas of Study

  • Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Restoration and 18-Century Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Women's and Gender Studies in English

I’m an English Literature Ph.D. Candidate, Research Assistant, and Graduate Instructor at the University of Missouri. My research interests include British literature of the long eighteenth-century, nineteenth-century American literature, and women writers of the period. My work predominantly focuses on matters of feminism, power differentials, subversive overthrows of hegemonic establishments, and identity. I’m also a memoirist, and I am writing (and publishing chapters from) a book about surviving and recovering from domestic violence.

Awards and Honors

Scholarly Awards:

University of Missouri Graduate School

John D. Bies International Travel Award, 2020-2021

Dissertation Research Travel Scholarship, 2020-2021

University of Missouri English Department

English Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2020-2021

Donald E. and Mary Frances Hayden English Fellowship, 2020-2021

The Judith A. and Richard B. Schwartz Award, 2020-2021

Mary-Joe Purcell Fellowship, 2019-2020

Elizabeth T. Barnes Memorial Graduate Fellowship, 2019-2020

Graduate Student Best Paper Award, 1st Place, 2019

Mary-Joe Purcell Fellowship, 2018-2019

Graduate Student Best Paper Award, 2nd Place, 2018

Elizabeth T. Barnes Memorial Graduate Fellowship, 2017-2018

Donald E. and Mary Frances Hayden English Fellowship, 2016-2017

Simmons University

Graduate Student Development Award, 2015

English Literature Merit Scholarship, 2014-2015


Creative Awards:


Pushcart Prize nomination for “Tilt,” December 2019

Pushcart Prize nomination by Contributing Editor Joseph Hurka, December 2018

“Drive” selected as a “Memoir Magazine Notable Essay,” April 2018

University of Missouri

“Tilt” for the Creative Writing Program Prize in Creative Nonfiction, 2nd Place, Judged by Jericho Parms, 2018


Competitive Travel Awards:

English Department Travel Award, 2020, 2018, 2017

Graduate Professional Council Travel Award, 2019, 2016

English Graduate Student Association Travel Award, 2019, 2017, 2016

18th and 19th Century Studies Travel Award, 2018 (x2)

Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, 2

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Heringman, Noah and Heather Heckman-McKenna. “Commentary for Plate 1.57, Engraving of a Hypocaust Found at Lincoln.Vetusta Monumenta. 12 June 2019.

“Redefining Love in Atwood’s ‘Variation on the Word Sleep.’” The Explicator, vol. 74, no. 2, 2016, pp. 92-98.

Literary Journal Publications:

Creative Nonfiction:

“Chroma.” Forthcoming in The Journal.

“Tilt.” CutBank, 90, 2019.

“Target.” Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, 26 June 2018, web.

“Drive.” Newfound, vol. 9, no. 1, 2018.

"Securely Bound." Bacopa Literary Review, vol. 8, no. 1, 2016, pp. 158-162.

“Bus Ride.” Eckleburg, May 2014, web.


"Second Memory." Inwood Indiana: Reaping, vol. 10, no. 1, 2016, p. 11