Heidi W. Durrow is The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s 2008 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and is a book club favorite. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky has been hailed as one of the Best Novels of 2010 by The Washington Post, a Top 10 Book of 2010 by The Oregonian, a Top 10 Buzz Book of 2010 by the Boston Herald and named a Top 10 Debut of 2010 by Booklist. Ebony Magazine named Heidi as one of its Power 100 Leaders of 2010 along with writers Edwidge Danticat, Malcolm Gladwell and Ntozake Shange. In 2011, Heidi was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut.
Heidi W. Durrow is a graduate of Stanford, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Yale Law School. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Heidi has worked as a corporate litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and as a Life Skills trainer to professional athletes of the National Football League and National Basketball Association. She is a host of the award-winning weekly podcast The Mixed Experience; and a founder and producer of the Mixed Remixed Festival, an annual free public event that celebrates stories of the Mixed experience. She is also a sought-after public speaker who has spoken at Brown, Exeter, Yale Law School and many other universities nationwide and has also spoken at popular festivals, conferences and high schools on creativity, women’s empowerment, and multicultural and multiracial issues. She has been featured as an expert on multiracial and multicultural issues and identity by the NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, Ebony Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is an occasional contributor to National Public Radio.
She is the recipient of a Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers, a Jentel Foundation Residency, and won top honors in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and the Chapter One Fiction Contest. She has received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation, the Roth Endowment and the American Antiquarian Society. She has also received Fellowships to the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.
Durrow’s writing has appeared in the Literary Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Callaloo, Poem/Memoir/Story, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Essence magazine and Newsday, among others.
She is currently at work on a new novel.
For more information on Heidi Durrow, please visit heidiwdurrow.com.