Laura Pritchett

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

Winner of the Colorado Book Award

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

Winner of the WILLA Award
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

MAKING FRIENDS WITH DEATH This guidebook helps us make peace with the inevitable, so we can meet the end with our chins up and our hearts brave. More at “Written in an accessible style fused with warmth, humor, and wisdom, it should be on everyone’s got-to-read list and part of every clinician’s library.” — Russell Grieger, Ph.D. GREAT 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 DIRT: A TERRA NOVA EXPEDITION Laura’s first play was produced in Fort Collins, Colorado, at Bas Bleu Theatre in the Spring of 2018. Request a copy at INTERESTED IN AN MFA IN NATURE WRITING? Laura directs the low-residency program at Western Colorado University, where professional writers promote serious engagement with the contemporary and ever-evolving work in this field. Find out more here.
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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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, Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered numerous literary awards, including the High Plains Book Award and the WILLA.

She also has two nonfiction books: Great Colorado Bear Stories, and Making Friends with Death (more at

Laura is the editor of several anthologies about environmental issues: 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, Lit Hub, Publisher's Weekly, 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 at various writing conferences around the country. When not writing or teaching, she can generally be found outside in Colorado’s mountains.

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