Heather BourbeauMay 9, 2023
Cornerstone Press 2023
Heather Bourbeau’s poetry and fiction 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 journalism has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. She was a contributing writer to Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. She has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia. Her collection Some Days The Bird is a poetry conversation with the Irish-Australian poet Anne Casey (Beltway Editions, 2022). You can learn more about her here.
Bourbeau’s latest collection Monarch (Cornerstone Press, 2022) is a vivid memoir in poem-collection form, bringing forgotten people and events that shaped California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington from time immemorial to the present. Through her record-keeping and research, Bourbeau, an experienced journalist as well as poet, creates a regional history that counteracts the simple narratives we are told and taught. Combined with a 21-page bibliography and teaching guide, Bourbeau's Monarch invites us to move through the places we call home, particularly if they are in one of the four states featured, with more care and awareness of the past we may be erasing and the kind of future we'll create if we remaining in unknowing.
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