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Heidi W. Durrow
Heidi W. Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books), which received writer Barbara Kingsolver's 2008 Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change and was nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award. A graduate of Stanford, Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School, she is the co-founder and co-producer of the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, and an occasional essay contributor to National Public Radio.

Entries by Heidi W. Durrow

Trevor Noah Taking the Tragic Out of Mulatto One Joke at a Time

(12) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 10:55 AM

No matter where people shake out on Trevor Noah and his controversial tweets, one word fans and critics alike have agreed to describes Jon Stewart's Daily Show successor is "mixed-race."

His multiracial background is mentioned in most headlines about the announcement and is central to his description in most stories....

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My Father's Silence, a Kind of Grace

(11) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 12:49 PM

I was about 10-years-old when I tried to read Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning book, Roots.

I had read my first "big books" in fourth grade and I knew a 900-page novel would be a real challenge.

But it wasn't just the size of the book that got...

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What Makes an Interracial Relationship?

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 11:26 AM

I'm used to checking "other" to describe myself. As the daughter of an African-American Air Force serviceman and a white Danish immigrant, I have yet to find a form with an Afro-Viking box.

Still, imagine my surprise -- not at the recent headline that interracial marriages are at an all-time...

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Why Fiction Still Matters in the Digital Age

(9) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 8:00 AM

I remember the exact moment I knew I wanted to be a writer.

When I was 7-years-old, my mother -- who had always been a stay-at-home mom -- suddenly had free time while we were all in school. It was the mid-70s and she enrolled in tie-dye workshops, ceramics...

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