Heidi W. Durrow Keynote Speaker
- Best-selling author, "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" (2010)
- Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction (2008)
- Co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat
Heidi W. Durrow's Biography
Heidi W. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky” (2010), which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and is already a book club favourite. “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. She was also nominated for an 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut.
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 the co-host of the award-winning weekly podcast Mixed Chicks Chat; and the co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, an annual free public event, that celebrates stories of the Mixed experience. She is an occasional essay 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 honours 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.