Laura Pritchett

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Laura Pritchett is the author of seven novels and winner of the PEN USA Award for Fiction, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, the WILLA, the High Plains Book Award, and several Colorado Book Awards. A lifelong Coloradoan, Pritchett is known for championing the complex and contemporary West, giving voice to the working class, blasting apart myth and stereotypes, and re-writing the traditional Western in novels that include The Blue Hour, Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, Sky Bridge, and Hell’s Bottom, Colorado. In 2024, Pritchett publishes two distinctly different novels set in contemporary Colorado. Playing with [Wild]Fire recounts the days leading up to a Colorado mountain town’s evacuation from a wildfire, a polyphonic tale of what wildfire does to community—and how bifurcated neighbors must come together to help and heal after moments of trauma. “This novel, more than any I’ve read, captures this reality because here, as in all her work, Laura Pritchett embraces the whole of life in the Anthropocene – music, food, sex, illness, hope, motherhood, addiction, work, and more – in stories as breathtakingly true and tender as they are, yes, playful,” raves author Ana Maria Spagna. In Three Keys (launching July 2024), Ammalie has just lost the three keys of her life’s purpose – her husband, her job, and her mom-ing role. What she does have is three literal keys to empty homes she plans on breaking into. Pritchett is also the author of two nonfiction books, and editor of three environmental-based anthologies. She is a regular columnist for the Colorado Sun and her first play, Dirt: A Terra Nova Expedition, was produced in 2018.