|Born||1954 (age 59–60)
Phillips County, Montana, USA
|Occupation||university professor non-fiction author|
|Education||M.F.A. from University of Montana|
|Notable awards||Whiting Writers' Award (2001)|
She was raised on a cattle ranch in a remote area of Phillips County, Montana, USA 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.
She later turned the tales of her ranch life into an award-winning memoir, titled Breaking Clean (Knopf 2002), which won Whiting Writers' Award, the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, Mountains and Plains Nonfiction Book Award, Willa Cather Literary Award, and was one of The New York Times' Notable Books. She received a Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship and a Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Her essays and poems have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Big Sky Journal and Oprah Magazine.
- "Author's Desktop: Judy Blunt". Random House. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- "Faculty bio". University of Montana. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
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- "UM author Judy Blunt hits the big time with 'Breaking Clean'". University of Montana. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- "Breaking Clean (reading group guide)". Reading Group Guides. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- Powells.com interview
- Random House author bio
- January Magazine review of Breaking Clean
- Excerpt from Breaking Clean
- U of M bio/press release
- A Conversation with Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean