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Heather Harpham

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Heather Harpham is an American writer and theater performer, born and raised in northern California, who lives and works in New York. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine, Water-Stone Review and the Gallatin Review. Her writing for the stage includes six solo plays; the two most recent, Happiness and BURNING, have been presented throughout the US. Harpham's work has been recognized with a Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, an Independent Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After is her first book.

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“I hope what she hears are directions for happiness; the happiness blueprint. But I don’t think there is one. We find happiness, if we find it at all, on accident. We trip over it on our own way somewhere else. It’s woven out of the oddest circumstances.”
Heather Harpham, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

“We act out of a Molotov cocktail of conscuious and unconscious desires. And also, we just do stuff.”
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“everything. If you are lucky, you meet four or five people in a lifetime who you’re totally comfortable with. Comfortable in a way that causes your best self to surge forward. With them, rowing through life’s quotidian mess is an adventure. I thought of my mom and me, twenty years earlier, cracking up as the Corolla filled with water.”
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