Dorianne Laux, Heidi’s former teacher, says of her, “Heidi has the tools to continue important work, shaping poems that will turn heads and break hearts.” Heidi earned the MFA in Poetry at Pacific University in 2013.


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Photo by Miri Stebivka



  1. Beautiful poems and nicely done website Heidi. I’m happy to see that you are doing well.
    I miss you!

  2. I miss you, Linda! I hope all’s well with you, dearie.

  3. huge news for your rattle win. My partner M is also a finalist. We curate/host a reading series here in Portland at In Other Words (www.figuresofspeechpdx.wordpress.com) and hope we can talk more about having you as a featured reader in 2013. thx much Steve Williams and M. 🙂

    • Thanks Steve and M! I noticed more Poetlanders in the list – congrats to M! I look forward to meeting you both. Yes please, let’s all read!

  4. very cool. on our website is a link to ‘future reading schedule’. We always do the event on the third tuesday of month. Right now we’re booking from May 2013 onwards (I have pending requests out for april, 2013). So check out your calendar and let us know what works best for you. 🙂 thx again

    • Thanks, I’m excited. May 21 would be fantastic!

      • Hi again

        sent you an email, but not sure you received it. We’d like to read your bio and a poem this coming Tuesday to introduce you to the audience for next month. Also, a picture would be good for our web site. You can send them to slw1057@hotmail.com thx

  5. Hello, Heidi! I saw you read last night and wanted to ask about getting a copy of Other Heroes. I really enjoyed your work. And if you want help in distributing books in random places, I am so up for that! Feel free to email me with any info. Take care!

    • Hi Jessica! You are officially on the team! Thank you! It’s going to be so much fun to hear where you put them, and see what happens next. I anticipate Other Heroes will be ready to go mid-June (fingers crossed for the Kickstarter) so I’ll be in touch. The Pass It On Poetry page just went up on Facebook – let the games begin. Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you enjoyed the poems. Cheers, dear!

  6. Hi! I just came upon your website and poem “Trials of a Teenage Transvestite’s Single Mother”, I was so moved by it. I found myself ready to run into that convenience store with you! I love your style of telling a story and putting us in the scene. I am interested in reading more of your poetry. My email address is nwp.enrichment@gmail.com. Thank you so much and best of luck!


    • Hi Diana,
      Thank you for letting me know! I’m encouraged that the subject and narrative form resonated for you. I’ll send you a link for the free book via email, if you’d like to have it.
      All the best,

      • I would love that, thank you!

  7. Your poems are just great – I’d like to use your Rattle-winning poem in my lit class – and I’d sure like to see some more of your work and have you send some poetry to the 2 Bridges Review if you’ve a mind to. http://www.2bridgesreview.org (We’re a print journal, too).
    Best and thanks,

    • Hi Kate,
      I’m excited to hear you’re a teacher. Please let me know how it goes with your class; I’d love to be a fly on the wall. I was reading BH Fairchild just before I wrote that poem, if that’s interesting or helpful to you for context. And yes, I’ll send to 2Bridges Review, thanks.

      Meanwhile, the poem you mention is in a free book which is out in circulation, called “Other Heroes”. If you’re interested in the story, the project is called Pass It On Poetry and there’s a Facebook page. I’m hoping folks who find the book will turn up and share poems of their own.
      Many thanks!

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