Heather Richie is a writer whose special interest is the land traditions—particularly the foodways and sporting—of the modern American and unbordered Souths. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina and Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal.

Past Employment

Kiawah Partners, digital media specialist
Garden & Gun Land, sales intern
Garden & Gun magazine, editorial intern
Oxford American magazine, editorial intern
Teach for America, Mississippi Delta corps member
College of Charleston Writing Lab, peer tutor


PhD, Media & Cultural Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Certificate, Documentary Arts
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

MFA, Creative Writing: Literary Non-Fiction
The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

BA, Communication
College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina

Awards & Recognition

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Research Grant, Awardee

Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies
The New New South, Editorial Fellow

Sewanee School of Letters
Rivendell Writer-In-Residence Student, Awardee

Pieways oral history collection
Inspired SFA Student Spotlight Series, 1st Spotlight Feature

The Lee Bros. Cookbook Boot Camp
Scholarship, Finalist

American Library Association
Carnegie-Whitney Grant, Recipient