Heather J. Macpherson

Full-time Temporary Faculty

As a practitioner of the essay and poem, my scholarly interests continue to reside in the history of the essay through its contemporary poeticized and experimental forms. Currently, my research is focusing on the bifurcation of metaphor. In addition, I also remain dedicated to examinations of the human-animal relationship and its use and function in literature. Finally, I love teaching and reading student work!


New England College (In-Progress)
Creative Nonfiction & Poetry
Skills Essaying, poetry writing, teaching.


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First Place, Creative Nonfiction Award, URI Department of English, 2018
"Grace and Regards for the Infirm and Desired"
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"Sestina Lot #41994"
Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2016, Radius Lit
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  • Books
Individual essays, poems, reviews. My work has appeared in the Bennington Review, 580Split, Dr. T.J. Eckleberg Review, The Worcester Review, Blueline and other fine places. Read More

Service Projects

Southborough Public Library

Since 2016, I have provided poetry writing workshops and seminars to Southborough Public Library community. These no-cost workshops and seminars provide patrons, and myself, with time spent writing poems, reading the creative and critical work of others and engaging in conversations on and about poetry. I try to schedule and offer two workshops/seminars per semester including the summer months.


Flat Lands and Mountain Places

In brief, I am currently working on a double-portrait memoir of my grandmother and myself that centers on place and identity.


EN 101

College Writing I

College Writing I (prev. called English Composition I): College Writing I focuses on writing as critical inquiry, reflection, and communication. Students practice the fundamentals of effective writing, emphasizing planning, drafting, revising, and editing.
3 credits
EN 102

College Writing II

College Writing II (prev. called English Composition II: EN 102 builds upon EN 101 and focuses on research writing, synthesizing sources, critical analysis, argumentation, and information literacies. Students practice the fundamentals of effective writing in collaborative and academic communities, while evaluating and using sources in different rhetorical situations. This course is designed to help students develop transferable skills and strategies that may be applied to a variety of audiences and in a range of situations.
3 credits
EN 105

Introduction to Literature

Introduction to Literature: A critical introduction to the principal genres of literature: poetry, drama, and fiction.
EN 140

Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Poetry: Examination and appreciation of the techniques and types of poetry including the sonnet, the pastoral, the mock heroic, and the ode.
EN 252

Technical Writing

Focuses on how to write and produce basic documents, from research and progress reports to brochures and manuals.
3 credits
EN 262

Creative Writing: Poetry II

Conversation with practicing poets; preparation of a small booklet of poems.
3 credits
EN 345

American Women Writers

The course examines major works by American women writers in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama within applicable critical contexts.
3 credits