Judy Blunt

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Judy Blunt
Born 1954 (age 60–61)
Phillips County, Montana, USA[1]
Occupation university professor[2] non-fiction author
Nationality American
Education M.F.A. from University of Montana[2]
Genre memoir, essay
Notable awards Whiting Writers' Award (2001)[3]
Children three

Judy Blunt (born 1954) is an American writer from Montana. Her most notable work to date is Breaking Clean, a collection of linked essays exploring her rural upbringing.


She was raised on a cattle ranch in a remote area of Phillips County, Montana, USA[1] near Regina, Montana, south of Malta, Montana. In 1986 she moved with her three small children to Missoula, Montana to attend the University of Montana.[4]

She later turned the tales of her ranch life into an award-winning memoir, titled Breaking Clean (Knopf 2002), which won Whiting Writers' Award,[3] the PEN/Jerard Fund Award,[4] Mountains and Plains Nonfiction Book Award, Willa Cather Literary Award, and was one of The New York Times' Notable Books.[2] She received a Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship and a Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship.[5] Her essays and poems have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Big Sky Journal and Oprah Magazine.[2]

Blunt received her M.F.A. from the University of Montana in 1994.[2] Blunt currently resides in Missoula, Montana where she is an associate professor at the University of Montana.[2]



  1. ^ a b "Author's Desktop: Judy Blunt". Random House. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Faculty bio". University of Montana. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Past Recipients of the Whiting Writers' Awards". Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "UM author Judy Blunt hits the big time with 'Breaking Clean'". University of Montana. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Breaking Clean (reading group guide)". Reading Group Guides. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 

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