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. From 1998-2001, she was Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Dundee.
She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1993, and in 1995 was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Bursary. Her first collection, No Hiding Place (Bloodaxe, 1996) was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection, and her second collection, Dead Redhead (2001) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Single Girl was published by Bloodaxe in 2007. Her poems were included in Identity Parade: new British & Irish poets (Bloodaxe).