Heather Altfeld has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York with majors in both Anthropology and Creative Writing, and an MFA from the Cal State MFA consortium. Currently, she teaches courses in the Honors Program and the English Department at California State University, Chico.
Heather is the 2017 recipient of the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her poem, "Helpless Intruders in a Strange World" won the 2017 Iron Horse Literary Review Prize and is forthcoming as an e-single in June 2017. Her first book, The Disappearing Theatre, won the Poets at Work Book Prize, selected by Stephen Dunn. Her poems appear in Narrative Magazine, Pleiades, ZYZZYVA, Poetry Northwest, and others. She won the 2015 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry with Nimrod International Magazine of Poetry and Prose.
Heather has worked with the wonderful community of poets at Squaw Valley and has spent time at the Vermont Studio Center. The best compliment she ever received was from a third-grade student, who said, "It’s like Heather has 1,001 stories in her head. But even if she only had one, I would want to listen to it, like, a thousand times because she tells it so good."