Heather Bourbeau

About Heather Bourbeau

As a communications strategist and researcher with expertise in climate change, conflict, migration, humanitarian aid, and technology, Heather Bourbeau has worked with colleagues around the world to produce influential high-level reports and communications strategies.

She has developed strategic political analysis and reports for high-level UN officials and overseen multinational teams in complex and sensitive political environments. She has transferred her research and functional skills into effective and compelling design research and communications strategy projects with various UN agencies, as well as hardware start-ups and established technology companies. 

Heather Bourbeau’s poetry and fiction have appeared in 100 Word Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, Meridian, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and SWWIM. She is the winner of La Piccioletta Barca’s inaugural competition and the Chapman Magazine Flash Fiction winner, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her collection Some Days The Bird is a poetry conversation with the Irish-Australian poet Anne Casey (Beltway Editions, 2022). Her latest collection Monarch is a poetic memoir of overlooked histories from the US West she was raised in (Cornerstone Press, 2023).  

Honors & Awards

  • Winner of La Piccioletta Barca’s Inaugural Contest
  • Chapman University Flash Fiction First Place Winner for “Vichy”
  • Nominated for Pushcart Prize for “The Birdmen of Istanbul” and “Hopscotch”
  • Short story “Albania, 1985” included in Wigleaf’s Longlist for 2017
  • Filoli Haiku Contest Finalist
  • Finalist for the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
  • Finalist for the Rita Dove Award in Poetry
  • Semi-finalist for the Discovery Poetry Contest from the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center
  • Semi-finalist in the American Short(er) Fiction Contest.
  • Semi-finalist for Chestnut Review’s Stubborn Artists Contest
  • Runner-Up in LA Review Literary Award for Short Fiction