Heidi Fettig Parton graduated from Bay Path University with an MFA in creative nonfiction writing. Heidi’s writing can be found in many publications, including Agate Magazine, Angels Flight, literary west (AFLW), Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, Entropy, Forge Literary Magazine, The Manifest-Station, St. Paul Almanac, and The Rumpus. Heidi lives in Stillwater, Minnesota where she is at work on her first (and a second) book.
Where I once wrote legal briefs, I now write personal essay, memoir, and poetry. I care deeply about the state of our environment and grieve the compounding ecological tragedies happening in the world around us. While no single person can save the earth (still, look at Greta Thunberg to see how much positive change one person can ignite), all of us can do something. My civic sensibilities have turned towards protecting sources of clean water. Being a Midwesterner, I spend lots of time near (and in) lakes and rivers. I currently sit on the St. Croix Master Watershed Stewards Leadership Council and serve as the liaison to the North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix Area Heritage Area advisory board.
At the moment, I am writing two books, both centered around the navigation of life transitions.
I hold an MFA in creative nonfiction from Bay Path University (2017). In 2011, I received my 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification and a Yin Yoga teaching certification in 2012. I graduated with honors from law school in 1994. In 1991, I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English. Both my undergraduate and law degree came from the University of North Dakota, which is located in Grand Forks, ND–the coldest location in the conterminous United States. I still own the very warm jacket I wore around campus.
I’ve worked as a video clerk, research assistant, trial and appellate court law clerk, lawyer, acquisitions editor, and legal publisher. I have taught legal writing and yoga, but not at the same time.