Laura Pritchett is the author of five literary novels. Her first book, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, won the Pen Center USA Literary 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 other awards including the Willa Literary Award, the High Plains Book Award, and several Colorado Book Awards. Stars Go Blue has been optioned for TV rights. She’s also written two nonfiction books, Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death: A Field Guide for Your Impending Last Breath. Environmental issues are close to her heart, and she’s editor of three anthologies about conservation. She directs the MFA in nature writing at Western Colorado University and teaches around the country.