Sheila Heti is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the novels Ticknor, Motherhood, and How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named by Time magazine "one of the most talked-about books of the year." She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, which features the voices of 639 women from around the world. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages.
She has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Yorker Festival, the 92nd Street Y, the Hammer Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and more; at Universities including Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Claremont College, Wesleyan, Rice, and elsewhere; and internationally, including at the Cuirt Festival (Ireland), Festival Americas (Paris), Lit Link (Croatia), The Month of Author’s Readings (Czech Republic), Lit.Cologne (Germany), the Centre of Contemporary Culture (Barcelona), the Sydney Writer’s Festival, and the Open Book Festival (Cape Town).
Her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid, had sold-out runs at The Kitchen in New York and Videofag in Toronto. She is currently developing a new play, The Dug Out, to be directed by Jill Connell.
She is the former Interviews Editor of The Believer magazine, and has conducted many long-form print interviews with writers and artists, including Joan Didion, Elena Ferrante, Agnes Varda and John Currin. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Bookforum, n+1, Granta, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere.
She was named one of "The New Vanguard" by The New York Times book critics; a list of fifteen writers from around the world who are "shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." In 2013, Time listed her as one of 150 Most Influential People in World.
She lives in Toronto.