Heather Buchanan is a speaker, producer and award-winning publisher. A three-time fellow, she consults for national and international organizations across multiple disciplines with specialties in the Arts and Humanities and Business Leadership. She is a past VP of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), a former Communications Officer for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), served on the Board of Governors for the University of Michigan-Dearborn CASL Affiliate and 2019 OnBoard member of the Chicago Arts & Business Council. Programming partners and clients include numerous universities and organizations such as Poets House, The Carr Center, Ragdale Foundation, Weeksville Historical Society, PEN/Faulkner and the Smithsonian. A graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University, respectively, Buchanan taught at several colleges and universities. She received a Proclamation from the City of Detroit and is the 2019 nominee for Michigan Humanities Champion of the Year, honored by Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Foundation.
The owner of an award-winning press that has launched the careers of numerous writers, Buchanan’s productions have premiered globally and as far away as Cambodia, Philippines and Rwanda. Buchanan founded two major residences, the Writers @ The Carr for underserved youth in Detroit and the Weeksville Summer Arts Residency in Brooklyn. Buchanan has published numerous award-winning books and launched the careers of many of the nation’s top poets and writers. She is currently producing the memoirs of Willie Artis, multi-millionaire industrial magnate and Carolyn Striho, 80s rock legend.
Buchanan is also the founder of AUXmedia, a film production studio. She is the Executive Producer of Solomon, a Sundance Institute®-supported drama. Buchanan is the producer of the upcoming Love, War & Jazz, a podcast and upcoming musical film. She is also a novelist and performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Community Ensemble.