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Heidi W. Durrow (born June 21, 1969) is an American writer, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books forthcoming February 2010), and the winner of the 2008 Barbara Kingsolver Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change.
Early life and education
Durrow, the daughter of a white Danish immigrant and an African-American Air Force man, grew up in part overseas in Turkey, Germany, and Denmark. In 1980 her family settled in Portland, Oregon, where she attended Jefferson High School. She majored in English at Stanford University and wrote a weekly column for the Stanford Daily graduating in 1991 with Honors. Durrow continued her education at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received a M.S. in 1992. She then attended Yale Law School and received her J.D. in 1995.
Durrow’s career began at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City where she worked as a corporate litigator on antitrust, commercial contracts, and employment discrimination cases. She left Cravath in 1997 to pursue a literary career.
Durrow worked as a consultant to the National Basketball Association and National Football League as a Life Skills trainer from 2000-2006.
Durrow’s first literary publication, “Light-skinned-ed Girl,” appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review Spring/Summer 2005. The story was shortlisted as one of the Top 100 Stories in Best American Short Stories 2006 ed. Ann Patchett. Her writing has also appeared in The Literary Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and Poem/Memoir/Story.
Durrow is the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat focused on issues of being racially and culturally mixed.
In 2008 Durrow and Fanshen Cox co-founded the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. An annual free public event, the Festival celebrates stories of the Mixed experience including stories about biracial identity, transracially adopted families, and interracial and intercultural relationships and friendships. The Festival, a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, presents films, readings, workshops, a family event, and the largest West Coast "((Loving Day celebration))". The Festival also presents the annual Loving Prize for storytellers and community leaders who have shown exceptional dedication dedication to sharing and illuminating the Mixed experience. Past Loving Prize recipients include: writer "((James McBride))", Hapa artist Kip Fulbeck, TV producer and writer Angela Nissel, and scholar Maria P. P. Root.
Published Works more less
- The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books, February 2010)
Total Books: 4
- 2004: Winner, Chapter One Fiction Contest
- 2004: Jerome Foundation Award for Emerging Writers
- 2004: Winner, Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
- 2004: Fellowship in Fiction, New York Foundation for the Arts
- 2007: Creative Artist Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society
- 2007: Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Writers
- 2007: Creative Artist Fellowship, American Scandinavian Foundation
- 2007: Roth Endowment Award
- 2008: Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky