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Heidi Durrow Reading: “The Girl Who Fell From The Sky”

Date: 6:00pm PST March 9, 2011 Location: Miller 105

  • Novelist, Heidi W. Durrow
    Novelist, Heidi W. Durrow
  • Novelist, Heidi W. Durrow
    Novelist, Heidi W. Durrow
  • Book Cover, "The Girl Who Fell From The Sky"
    Book Cover, "The Girl Who Fell From The Sky"

Miller 105

An emerging voice in literature, Heidi W. Durrow will visit Lewis & Clark to read from her best-selling debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky on Wednesday, March 9th at 6PM in Miller 105.

Heidi W. Durrow is a graduate of Stanford, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School. 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.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Heidi has worked as a corporate litigator and as a Life Skills trainer to professional athletes of the NFL and NBA. 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.


Her book The Girl Who Fell From the Sky was chosen by Barbara Kingsolver as the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice, and it is also a New York Times Bestseller.

The Multicultural Affairs chose The Girl Who Fell From The Sky as the first book for the new “OMA Reads” book club group, and we are pleased to host Heidi Durrow to read from her powerfully written and lovely debut novel on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 6PM in Miller 105.

Download an excerpt of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, originally published as “He Runs,” in The Literary Review, Winter 2007. [PDF]


Review Durrow’s Other Published Work:

He Runs, in The Literary Review (Winter 2007). [PDF]

Ethnic Lego Girls Carry Spears, in the SmokeLong Quarterly. Issue Eighteen (September 15, 2007).

“Dear Ms. Larsen, There’s a Mirror Looking Back”, in Poem/Memoir/Story (Number Eight, 2008). [PDF]

NPR Essay: “You Must Read This” Nella Larsen’s Passing

Or read the transcript here.

Durrow’s Blog:

Light-skinned-ed Girl, a mixed chick’s mixed thoughts on a mixed-up world