Heather Fester, Ph.D.

Heather Fester, Ph.D.

Heather Fester, Ph.D.

Instructor / Creative Writing Coordinator
COLU 1025B


Heather Fester, Ph.D., teaches creative writing and composition courses as an instructor in the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). She also coordinates the creative writing minor at UCCS. Before she returned to school to earn her MFA (2017) as the Allen Ginsberg Fellow at Naropa University and began teaching at UCCS, Heather directed the Center for Writing and Scholarship at the California Institute of Integral Studies and coordinated the first-year writing and writing across the curriculum programs at Lincoln University of Missouri. Her current research interests include alternative rhetorics and composing processes, the intersection of composition studies and creative writing, poetic theory, liberatory and contemplative pedagogies, and the rhetoric of ideologies. She also enjoys running, yoga, hiking, and supporting cultural events along the Front Range.


  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing, Bowling Green State University
  • MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics, Naropa University
  • M.A. in English (Rhetoric & Writing emphasis), Bowling Green State University
  • B.S. in English (Linguistics emphasis), Truman State University

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1300: Rhetoric and Writing I - Stretch A
  • ENGL 1305: Rhetoric and Writing II - Stretch B
  • ENGL 1310: Rhetoric and Writing I
  • ENGL 1410: Rhetoric and Writing II (Topic: Extreme Rhetoric)
  • ENGL 1800: Fundamentals of Creative Writing
  • ENGL 3010: Advanced Rhetoric and Writing
  • ENGL 3060: Special Topics in Creative Writing (Topic: Documentary Poetics)
  • ENGL 3040/4150: Intermediate and Advanced Creative Nonfiction