Heather 'Byrd' Roberts is an award-winning Chicago-based poet, creative catalyst, educator, and author. Her first chapbook, Mahogany: A Love Letter To Black, is her 14-poem calling card. It is an invitation to discuss Blackness and our relationship to this country, each other, and how they intersect.
Byrd's work focuses on the intersectionality between form and freedom. Her work unlocks the opportunity for unheard voices to be heard. She is dedicated to inspire and transform lives through creativity. Byrd's work has appeared in CAGIBI’s journal, Sixfold, Expressions from Englewood, and more. She was the 2019 National Artist of the Year, 2020 Best Storyteller, and the 2020 Fringemeister. She is also a core member of F.L.O.W. (For Love of Writing) women's writing group. Her favorite words are balloon and bubble.