My Work

An Overview: 

My work has appeared in City Arts MagazineOregon Bride MagazineLine Zero Literary JournalScript Literary Journal, and others. I am a contributing writer to the children's web series The Digits, I co-wrote the full length play Elsewhere, and I'm in the process of working on my first novel. For three years I have supported small businesses with content creation (blogs, newsletters, etc) and social media marketing. I have a degree in English (writing track) and Theatre from Whitworth University.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

For writing samples, see below: 

In Print:

Destination Weddings on the Oregon Coast
Rows of white wicker chairs face a long stretch of sand fading into the sea, where the sun is slowly deciding it might just begin to set. There’s a driftwood arch at the end of the aisle draped with a gauze that shimmers against the blue sky of the early evening, and guests toss aside shoes in favor of the sand between their bare toes...Read the full article here.

Using vintage and salvaged décor is one of the best ways to add a unique spin to your wedding without breaking the bank or creating a mass of unnecessary waste (see here for more eco-friendly ideas). But what if you don't have time to treasure hunt in the trash bin? ...Read the full article here.

Until one fateful evening out in Portland with friends, Nancy Tonkin had only known real estate broker Nate Zoucha as an acquaintance. “That night we couldn’t take our eyes off each other,” remembers Nancy, a manager at Audi Wilsonville. ...Read the full article here.

See more of Heather's work for Oregon Bride Magazine here.

Originally printed in City Arts Magazine, September 2010:

The closure of the much-loved Two Vaults Gallery earlier this year was viewed by most as a tragedy for the local arts community. Where others saw an end, though, Mavi and Elizabeth Ashe saw a beginning...Read the full article here.

Dating can be expensive. Dating someone who loves the arts is even more so, but the budding romance of fall beckons and the arts are in bloom, so you’ve got to do something to avoid a lonely winter. To help you out we’ve planned a few dates – complete with a meal and arts for two – that can suit a range of wallet sizes. Now all you have to worry about is the breath mints...Read the full article here.

The Rake: Go Broke
Heather Kirnak learns the key to free art from a cash-strapped student. Proactively spiting the economy’s brutal attempts to withhold the world of art from the cash strapped, Western Washington University-based “TAFÉ” (rhymes with “café”), which stands for “Taking Advantage of Free Events,” not only encourages but requires its members to attend any and every free event within their reach. Founder Kajori Ahmed explains to City Arts what spawned this innovation and what keeps the group moving on through both the boring and the beautiful...Read the full article here.

Originally printed in City Arts Magazine August 2010:

The woman’s mouth is open, mid-roar, her teeth mid-snarl, and her pink-and-blue hair flies forward from behind her, frozen in the jerk of a head-bang. This image, Tether Design Gallery curator Daniel Smith will tell you, is a puzzle piece in a larger narrative that has been neglected for too long. Until now...Read the full article here.



We all know that the days of forcing hideous dresses on hapless ladies-in-waiting are over. Brides are taking the task of choosing a dress for their bridesmaids more and more seriously. And why not? You love your girls, and you want them to feel primped and pretty on the big day, too! But choosing a bridesmaid ensemble can be tricky...Read the full post here.


From Oregon Bride Magazine Online: 

Everything was in place: the garden games were set up, the ceremony was to be in a glade next to a lazy green river, and all the tables were spread across an expanse of lush green lawn. It seemed like the picture-perfect farm wedding--until the rain clouds decided to unceremoniously crash the party...Read the full post here. 


Deception is standard procedure for many contestants on Survivor. But in the case of Michael Jefferson, SLU fitness model and star of the 24th season of Survivor: One World, premiering tonight at 8/7 c, it’s appearances that might be deceiving...Read the full interview here.

From The Digits Blog:

Meet Soman Chainani!
In Soman Chainani’s first novel, The School For Good and Evil, ordinary boys and girls are kidnapped and trained to be either heroes or villains in their very own fairy tale. A fascinating story with an incredible setting, the novel has debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List...and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios! ...Read the full interview here.
Sept. 18th, 2013

If there’s something strange—and it don’t look good—who ya gonna call? Since this is not 1984 you might not be able to answer with “Ghost Busters." Never fear, though—the Sunshine Girl has your back! Teenage paranormal investigator extraordinaire, Paige McKenzie is the face behind the Youtube Channel "The Haunting of the Sunshine Girl,"...Read the full interview here. 
Sept. 8th, 2013

Described as “snarky, geeky and sweet,” the cello and ukulele sister duo Angela and Aubrey Webber are The Doubleclicks, and they have found a special niche in the world of folk music. Their geektastic songs and nerd-centric lyrics are clever and catchy...Read the full interview here.
Sept 9th, 2013

Amber J. Keyser is former ballerina and evolutionary biologist with an MS in zoology and a Ph.D. in genetics. Now she writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens! She’s the author of a bunch of awesome books...Read the full interview here
March 13th, 2013

For a full list and links to my celebrity interviews, please contact me. 

Home and Garden: 

From the Premier Mortgage Resources blog:

Landscaping for a Better Value for Your Home 
With spring already a week underway, I can’t help but look forward to summer approaching. If there’s anything Portlanders love, it’s our summer–the nine months of rain almost seem worth it when we’re drenched with three (okay, two) (okay, sometimes one) month(s) of glorious sunshine. Read the full post here. 

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