Bio & Short Bio

Jerrie Hurd has published novels, essays, short stories, nonfiction books, and worked as a journalist. She is best known for her novels which are as whimsical as their titles: Miss Ellie’s Purple Sage Saloon, Kate Burke Shoots the Old West, and The Lady Pinkerton Gets Her Man. She is currently working on Rainbow Horses, a mystery, and DEEP DIRT: Adventures in Digging Up Family Stories, a memoir.

She teaches fiction seminars for various universities and writer’s organizations. She has also taught literature and basic writing at Clark College and Mercer County Community College.

She was a featured speaker at Segundo Encuetro Internacional de Escritoras in Rosario, Argentina and various other conferences. She did an National Public Radio spot in connection with the Center of the American West and a C-Span program in connection with Colorado Book Festival.

She is also a fine-art photographer who has shown at Camera Obscura in Denver, Nude Night in Orlando, Open Arts, and Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado.

She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, and two Great Dane dogs.


BA (cum laud) University of Colorado at Boulder

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Oregon


Professional Affiliations:

Author’s Guild

Western Writers of America (board 1997-2000)

Autry National Center (board 2002-2006)

Women Writing the West (board 1995-2000, president)

Boulder Media Women

Conference on World Affairs CU Boulder

Women Work Together (board 2012-present)


Short Bio:

Jerrie Hurd is a writer who has done it all–novels, essays, short stories and nonfiction. She is currently finishing DEEP DIRT: Adventures in Digging Up Family Stories, a memoir. She is also working on a series of mysteries based on a real-life sheriff currently working in one of most remote corners of the American West. The first title in that series is RAINBOW HORSES. She speaks and teaches at various conferences. She lives in Boulder, Colorado