Heather Bourbeau

About Heather Bourbeau

As a communications strategist and researcher with an expertise in international politics, sustainability, humanitarian efforts, and technology, Heather Bourbeau has worked with colleagues around the world to produce high-level reports, communications strategies, and effective UX designs. 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 healthcare technology companies. 

Heather is also an internationally recognized poet and short story writer. Her fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cleaver, Eleven Eleven, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Chalkboard, Nailed, and The Stockholm Review of Literature. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, including Nothing Short Of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story (Outpost 19), America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience (Sixteen Rivers Press), and Respect: Poems About Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press). She is a member of the New York Writers Room and the Writers Grotto.

Honors & Awards

  • Nominated for 2019 Best of the Net
  • Semi-finalist for the Discovery Poetry Contest from the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center
  • Short story “Albania, 1985” included in Wigleaf’s Longlist for 2017
  • Finalist for the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
  • Finalist for the Rita Dove Award in Poetry
  • Semi-finalist in the American Short(er) Fiction Contest.
  • Runner-Up in LA Review Literary Award for Short Fiction
  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Member of San Francisco Writers Grotto