Heather Mangan is a writer, storyteller, and communicator based in Chicago. An award-winning journalist, who founded her own online magazine in 2009, Heather now works in communications for a major national non-profit. Her personal essays have appeared in Elite Daily and Thought Catalog, and she was named to the list of Top 40 Peace Corps bloggers. She’s told stories throughout Chicago, including at Story Sessions and This Much is True. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Niger (2010-2011) and Lesotho (2011-2013), an executive board member for Expanding Lives, and Girl Forward mentor. She is currently blogging about her year of sobriety and writing a fiction novel. She is also an ultra marathoner.