Tracy Daugherty, a distinguished author, biographer and professor, has dedicated his career to the art of storytelling and literary exploration. He is a professor of English and creative writing, Emeritus, at Oregon State University. Hailing from the American West, Daugherty's writing bears the influence of its vast landscapes, echoing the themes of identity and place. His works, such as "The Last Love Song," have illuminated the lives of iconic literary figures like Joan Didion and Joseph Heller, displaying an uncanny ability to dissect the complexities of their existence. His most recent biography, “Larry McMurtry: A Life,” published Sept.12, 2023, explores the life of cherished American novelist and essayist Larry McMurtry. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Daugherty's narrative craftsmanship invites readers on a journey through the lives of his subjects, revealing the profound connections between literature and the human experience.
Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts fellow