Laura Pritchett is an American author whose work is rooted in the natural world. Her four novels have garnered numerous national literary awards, including the PEN USA Award for Fiction, the High Plains Book Award, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, and the WILLA Award. She has published over 200 essays and short stories in magazines (including The New York Times, The Sun, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, Orion), mostly about environmental issues in the American West. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches around the country. She is also known for her environmental stewardship, particularly in regard to land preservation and river health. She has two books forthcoming in 2017—the novel The Blue Hour and Making Friends with Death, Kind Of.