Sheila Heti is the author of seven books, including How Should a Person Be? which The New York Times Book Review called an "odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable book," and which was named as a best book of the year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Salon and other places. Recently, she published the New York Times best seller, Women in Clothes, a collaboration with Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, featuring the voices of 639 women. Her first book was the story collection The Middle Stories (McSweeney's). Next, she published the novel Ticknor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). With Misha Glouberman, she wrote The Chairs Are Where the People Go (Faber), which The New Yorker chose as one of its best books of 2011. She also published an illustrated book for children called We Need a Horse, featuring art by Clare Rojas. McSweeney's just published her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid.

Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She has written for The Guardian, n+1, McSweeney’s, Harper's, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Bookforum and more. She regularly reviews books for The London Review of Books.

She served as Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine for several years, and has conducted many interviews with writers and artists to the magazine; she is also co-editor of Always Apprentices: The Believer magazine Presents Twenty-Two Conversations Between Writers.

In 2013, her full-length play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid, was produced by Suburban Beast at Toronto's Videofag. PopMatters called it "a triumph of intellectually-engaged theatre." It will be remounted in February 2015 at Harbourfront World Stage in Toronto and The Kitchen in New York.

With Misha Glouberman, she created the barroom lecture series Trampoline Hall, at which three people deliver lectures on subjects outside their areas of expertise, then answer questions from the audience. The shows have been running monthly in Toronto since 2001 and have sold out every show since their inception.

In 2008, she created The Metaphysical Poll, a blog that collected the sleeping dreams people were having about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during the Democratic primaries. The blog received hundreds of dreams and press in The LA Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Economist and elsewhere.

She has taught or spoken at Columbia University, Pomona College, MoMA, the Hammer Museum, the New York Public Library, the Cúirt Festival of Literature, Festival Americas, the Sydney Writers Festival, the Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, and other places. She has been in residence at Yaddo, Santa Maddalena, and Fundacion Valparaiso.

She appeared in photographs as Lenore Doolan in Leanne Shapton’s book, Important Artifacts. She appears in Margaux Williamson’s film Teenager Hamlet and with her runs The Production Front.

Sheila Heti was born to a Jewish-Hungarian family in Toronto on December 25, 1976. Her brother, David Heti, is a stand-up comedian. She studied playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, and Art History and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto.