Judy Blunt

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Judy Blunt
Born1954 (age 65–66)
Phillips County, Montana, USA[1]
Occupationuniversity professor[2] non-fiction author
EducationM.F.A. from University of Montana[2]
Genrememoir, essay
Notable awardsWhiting Award (2001)[3] PEN/Jerard Fund Award for work in progress (1997)[4]

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,[1] near Regina, Montana, south of Malta, Montana. In 1986 she moved with her three small children to Missoula to attend the University of Montana.[5]

She later turned the tales of her ranch life into an award-winning memoir, titled Breaking Clean (Knopf 2002), which won a Whiting Award, the PEN/Jerard Fund Award,[5] 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.[6] 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, where she is an associate professor at the University of Montana.[2]


  • Breaking Clean, Knopf: 2002 (hardcover), ISBN 9780753198223


  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. ^ "Judy Blunt, whiting award winner in nonfiction". www.whiting.org. Whiting Awards. 2001. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  4. ^ Europa (13 December 2002). The Europa Directory of Literary Awards and Prizes. Abingdon, Oxon.: Europa Publications Limited. p. 225. ISBN 9781857431469.
  5. ^ a b "UM author Judy Blunt hits the big time with 'Breaking Clean'". University of Montana. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Breaking Clean (reading group guide)". Reading Group Guides. Retrieved 18 January 2010.

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