Nathan Heard (1937 – March 16, 2004), sometimes known as Nathan C. Heard, was a best-selling author in the United States, noted for the grim realism of his novels. He wrote his most famous book, Howard Street (1968), while serving time in the Trenton State Penitentiary for armed robbery.
Heard grew up in New Jersey, spending much of his life there. He spent some time teaching creative writing at Fresno State College (now known as California State University, Fresno), where he won a teaching award in 1970. He also taught creative writing at Rutgers University.
His other books include A Cold Fire Burning, House of Slammers, To Reach a Dream and When Shadows Fall.
He died of complications from Parkinson's disease.