Heidi Pitlor grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, and got her BA at McGill University and her MFA at Emerson College in Boston. She was a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for nine years before she became the series editor of The Best American Short Stories. She has worked with Stephen King, Salman Rushdie, Alice Sebold, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Perrotta, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, and others.
She is the author of the novel The Birthdays and her fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, the Huffington Post, and Labor Day: True Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. In Fall 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories,which she coedited with Lorrie Moore. Heidi lives outside Boston with her husband and twin son and daughter.