Tracey Herd was born in East Kilbride in 1968 and now lives in Dundee. She studied English and American Studies at the University of Dundee, graduating in 1991; she was Creative Writing Fellow at Dundee from 1998-2001.
In 1993 she won an Eric Gregory Award; in 1995 was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Bursary; in 1997 took part in Bloodaxe’s New Blood tour of Britain, and in 2004 received a Creative Scotland Bursary. She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Dundee University in 2009-11, and is now working as a Royal Literary Fund Lector and participating in their Bridge Project.
Tracey Herd has published three collections with Bloodaxe: No Hiding Place (1996), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; Dead Redhead (2001), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and Not in This World (2015), a Poetry Book Society Choice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.