Heidi W. DurrowHeidi W. Durrow

About Heidi

What are you?

Heidi DurrowI remember people started asking me that question on a pretty regular basis when I was about 11 and we moved to a racially divided town. At first I thought the question gave me license to tell my life story. "I'm the best speller and I'm best in my class at multiplication all the way through the 12s. I love to run—really fast. And my favorite color is blue. I'm also someone who likes to write poems."

I soon learned that what people wanted to know was: why do you look like you do? Why do you have curly brown hair and light brown skin and blue eyes?

"I'm black and white." It was the only answer that satisfied people.

It seemed like such a silly answer to me. It didn't tell you anything about me really. Wouldn't it be more interesting to know something about my life?

What are you?

I grew up as the middle child and only daughter of an African-American enlisted Air Force man and a white Danish woman. As a military family, we moved around every few years with stints in North Carolina, Turkey, Washington state, and Germany. Our summers and holidays were often spent in my mom's Danish hometown with my beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

What are you?

I am a product of a peripatetic upbringing and a child of two cultures and languages. I am the result of a love across color lines that was illegal in many states until 1967. I am a mixture of my father's ferocity and my mother's energy and creative spirit.

What are you?

I'm a former corporate lawyer, a former journalist, a former Life Skills trainer for NBA and NFL athletes, a podcaster and a festival producer. I'm a coffee drinker, an avid user of bendy straws (yes, with the coffee). Oh, and I'm a writer.

What are you?

I am constantly growing, ever-changing, and always trying to learn. My identity is fluid. Today, I am mixed, an African-American Dane. Tomorrow . . . well, you'll have to check in to see.

For a traditional biography, downloadable author photo & book cover as well as my CV, please visit the Media Kit. You can also download a copy of the traditional biography here [PDF].