About Heidi Fettig Parton


I am a lapsed lawyer and writer of creative nonfiction. I write personal essay, memoir, and poetry. As a mother of three, my writing celebrates familial and other interpersonal relationships, as well as the natural world. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Angels Flight, literary west (AFLW), Assay JournalBrevity’s Nonfiction Blog, The Forge Literary Magazine, Grown and Flown, MindBodyGreen, The Manifest-Station, The Rumpus, St. Croix 360, Topology Magazine and others.

I’ve completed a 95,000-word memoir about how I finally gave myself permission to stop collecting broken people and start embracing a life free of the need to fix (kinder word) or control (truer word) other people. I am beginning to shop this book around.


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. I worked as a law clerk, lawyer, and then on the academic side of legal publishing for a decade. I also taught legal writing at the University of Minnesota.


Perhaps everyone on Instagram feels like an amateur photographer. I tend to see the framing of a photo in almost everything. Capturing photos feels like an itch that must be scratched. I take most photos with my iPhone. I hope to become better acquainted with the fine camera I acquired on or around my 47th birthday (how’s that for lawyer talk?).