Hali Felt

Hali Felt

Assistant Professor


  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Iowa
  • BA, University of Pittsburgh

Research Areas

  • Creative Writing


Hali Felt’s first book, Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor, was published by Henry Holt in 2012. Chosen as a book of the week by and reviewed by The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The Washington Post, and BookforumSoundings was also widely reviewed by scientific publications, including Nature, Scientific American, and Natural History.

Hali’s current project, The Danger Model, is part profile of NIH immunologist Polly Matzinger, and part exploration of the connections between immunology, immigration, and invasive species.

Recent publications include an article on Ebola and AIDS on Salon, and “My Jams,” an essay about self-defense and weaponry, in The Petroleum Manga, a compilation of “imaginative-philosophical texts by a variety of poets, fiction writers, and theorists illuminating, illustrating, fabulating, and riffing upon a wide range of petrochemical-based objects and ideas.” A short essay about and an annotation of Rachel Carson’s 1937 article “Undersea,” is forthcoming in the Harvard Design Magazine.

Hali received her MFA from the University of Iowa, her BA from the University of Pittsburgh, and has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Portland Writers in the Schools. In the past, her work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Read Hali’s article “Our Staggering Ebola Failure” on

Read Hali’s article “What Happened to the Astronauts-to-be?” in The Huffington Post.