Tracey Herd was born in East Kilbride and now lives in Dundee. She studied English and American Studies at the University of Dundee, graduating in 1991, and was Creative Writing Fellow at Dundee from 1998 to 2001.
In 1993 she won an Eric Gregory Award and in 1995 was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Bursary. In 1997 Herd 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.
Her first collection, No Hiding Place (Bloodaxe, 1996) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Dead Redhead, Herd’s second collection with Bloodaxe, was published in 2001, and was named a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. In 2002, Herd collaborated on a short opera, Descent, with the composer Gordon McPherson for Paragon Ensemble. Her collection, Not in This World (Bloodaxe, 2015) was named a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.