Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau’s latest book, "Daily Palm Castings," is a collection of poems profiling people in often-overlooked professions, and inspired by works by Lyle Lovett, Wim Wenders and Studs Terkel. She is a researcher, analyst, writer and reporter specializing in government policy, human rights, international conflicts, and economic development.

"Daughters of the Northern Lights" - Artist: Gerhard Munthe. Woolen tapestry loosely based on Norse legends and mythology depicting three polar bears approaching three female figures with stylized flame-like blonde hair; stylized waves and mountains in background.

Origins + Generations

By Heather Bourbeau / April 4, 2016 / 2 Comments

“There once was a polar bear who roamed the great north accompanied by the clouds, his closest friends.” In two new 100-word stories, California author Heather Bourbeau builds a bridge between myth and time.

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Melting Men (detail), Nele Azevedo


By Heather Bourbeau / July 3, 2014 / 0 Comments

Illustration: “Melting Men” (detail), by Nele Azevedo We held hands in my dream, in the waking sleepwalk I call living. We held hands and you explained the lightness in your touch — you were dead. It seemed so natural, I accepted it. I said, of course. You were dead and I was sleepwalking. We loved […]

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By Heather Bourbeau / June 20, 2014 / 0 Comments

Art: Paleolithic steppe bison, Cave of Altamira, Spain. It was only when the third sun rose and the heat became unbearable that she stopped. As the ritual of sun set began, she crawled from under the grasses and climbed onto her bison — map in one hand, mane in the other. She would ride to […]

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By Heather Bourbeau / June 13, 2014 / 0 Comments

The full body scan announced cancer in her lower left quadrant. She took the handheld and found the almost imperceptible node deep in her shin. The last one had been in her knee and her thigh before that. Distractedly, she switched the handheld to extraction and felt the node lift toward her skin until she […]

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By Heather Bourbeau / May 30, 2014 / 0 Comments

Leona Lee and Yun Yoo drew a hopscotch course on their sidewalk. Leona offered, “Why not double it?” Yun countered, “Triple!” They drew around their block and, as they were pointed that way, they continued north, through Canada, turning at Alaska. They made friends with whales who helped them cross the Bering Sea and created […]

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Sleeping Beauty

By Heather Bourbeau / May 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

After 551 years she woke to the earthy pungence. She shook her long, dark hair, stretched her limbs and tried to walk, following the scent. Her embroidered gown and simple headdress stood out, and the tall buildings and paved roads showed her how much had changed. Her sister flew, her brother fought. She could sleep—through […]

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