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Heather  Sellers

Heather Sellers

Heather Sellers


Office: CPR 334
Phone: 813/974-9532
Fax: 813/974-2270



Heather Sellers is the author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: a true story of family, face-blindness, and forgiveness (Riverhead), an O, Oprah book-of-the-month club selection also featured on Good Morning America, Rachel Ray, NPR's All Things Considered, and Dick Gordon’s The Story. Her essays appear in Tin House, Parade, Reader’s Digest, The Sun, Good Housekeeping, O Magazine, The London Daily Telegraph, Brevity, and The New York Times.  

Sellers is also the author of three volumes of poetry: Your Whole Life, Drinking Girls and Their Dresses, and The Boys I Borrow. Recent poems appear in Prairie Schooner, The North American Review, Field, The Bellingham Review, and The Sun.  Her most recent chapbook is Dive (Yellow Jacket Press).

In 2001, Sellers published Georgia Under Water (Sarabande) a collection of linked short stories that won a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers award. She’s written a children’s book, Spike and Cubby’s Ice Cream Island Adventure (Henry Holt), two books on craft, Page after Page and Chapter after Chapter (Writer’s Digest), and a textbook for the multi-genre creative writing classroom, The Practice of Creative Writing (Bedford St. Martin’s), now out in its third edition.

At Hope College in 2011, she was awarded professor of the year (by the students), and she delivered a commencement address at Hope College titled “Stay Up Late, Keep the Music Loud, and Make Interesting Choices.” In addition, Sellers has taught creative writing at Florida State University, the University of Texas, San Antonio, and St. Lawrence University. She offers creativity workshops at Kripalu, a yoga center in the Berkshires, and at Esalen in California.


PhD, Florida State University

Specialty Area

Creative writing non-fiction, poetry; short-story cycles (linked stories) and micro-essays