Laura Pritchett

FICTION
THE BLUE HOUR... "Desire, passion, and unexpected violence simmer in Pritchett’s dazzling new novel about the denizens of a tightly knit rural community . . . written in prose as clear and gorgeous as a mountain afternoon" —Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World STARS GO BLUE... “A brilliant novel, filled with heartache and humor.” — Library Journal, starred review

Starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist

Winner of the High Plains Book Award

Movie rights optioned

RED LIGHTNING... “Through themes of remorse and redemption, acceptance and forgiveness, Pritchett, one of the West’s most agile and evocative writers, depicts molten imagery and bubbling emotions that surge with potent fluidity.” —Booklist

SKY BRIDGE... "In this spare yet haunting portrait of the American West, Pritchett’s powerful, poetic voice speaks with clarity, wisdom, and passion about country, family, and one young woman’s majestic spirit." – Booklist

HELL'S BOTTOM, COLORADO... Winner of the PEN USA for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. A collection of linked short stories set in Hell's Bottom Ranch...

"Displays the talent of a brilliant, new writer." — The Rocky Mountain News

NON-FICTION and EDITED ANTHOLOGIES
MAKING FRIENDS WITH DEATH (KIND OF!) Blurb for making friends with death COLORADO BEAR STORIES... — “A valuable and wide-ranging work of scholarship, love, and respect, Pritchett’s book is a great source for the history of bears in Colorado—black and grizzly.” — Rick Bass, The Lost Grizzlies PULSE OF THE RIVER “This is a book with all the blessed diversity of the Cache la Poudre itself, moving through all the wildlands and farmlands, uplands and flatlands of nature and human nature conjoined.” — George Sibley. HOMELAND: RANCHING AND A WEST THAT WORKS “Trust me: This is not a collection of essays. It is a string of pearls. This book throbs with the beating heart of the West.” — Ed Marston

GOING GREEN: TRUE TALES FROM GLEANERS, SCAVENGERS, AND DUMPSTER DIVERS Personal stories of dumpster diving, eating road kill, and salvaging plastic from the beach...
MORE ANTHOLOGIES THAT INCLUDE LAURA'S WORK
SAMPLING OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Caregiving:
I’ll do it my way

O Magazine,
November 2014

Package winner of the ASME Award
“No sound, no fury, no marriage.”

The New York Times
May 20, 2016.
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BIO

Laura Pritchett is an American author whose work is rooted in the natural world. She began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, and Red Lightning, which garnered numerous literary awards, including the High Plains Book Award and the WILLA. Her newest novel, The Blue Hour, is shortly forthcoming.

She also has two nonfiction books: Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death, Kind Of, set to be released in September 2017 by Viva Editions.

She’s also editor of three anthologies: Pulse of the River, Home Land, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun, Orion, Pinch, High Desert Journal, The Normal School, Writers on the Range, OnEarth, Brain, Teen, and many others. She has been recognized by several organizations for environmental stewardship. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches around the country. When not writing or teaching, she can generally be found outside in Colorado’s mountains.

You can reach Laura at L_Pritchett@msn.com.

Follow her on twitter at @authorlaura

Follow Laura on twitter @authorlaura

Purchase Laura's books
at the Tattered Cover Bookstore.