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Official biography, last updated March 2016
Tracey S. Rosenberg grew up in the Chicago suburbs. After earning the first of her degrees in English Literature (at the University of California, Berkeley), she lived in England, Ireland, and Romania – the last as a Fulbright scholar – and plotted a permanent move overseas. Eventually she came to Scotland, where she earned the last of her degrees in English Literature (at the University of Edinburgh). She’s travelled to 38 countries (using the criteria of the Travelers’ Century Club), including Easter Island and North Korea, and would like to reach 100.
In 2011, Cargo published her historical novel The Girl in the Bunker, which was a Scottish number one bestseller in its first week. It was selected for Scotland on Sunday’s Books of the Year. Atmosphere Libri won a Publishing Scotland translation fund grant to translate it into Italian.
She won the short story category of the Brontë Society Creative Competition 2014, judged by Dame Margaret Drabble, with her story “May the Bell Be Rung for Harriet!” It was selected for Best British Short Stories 2015 (Salt Publishing).
She won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and worked with her mentor Sarah Ream to complete a full-length poetry collection, Secondary, which has just been accepted for publication (contract pending). She’s published two poetry pamphlets: Lipstick is Always a Plus (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2012) and The Naming of Cancer (Neon Books, 2014). Creative Scotland has awarded her two grants for writing and travel. In 2014 she attended the Spoken Word workshop at the Banff Centre and returned to Canada the following November for a Very Small Poetry Tour in Toronto.
She’s a member of Shore Poets and has performed her work widely, at events as disparate as Unbound at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Cafe Zippy Open Mic in Everett, Washington. She was a field performer at the closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games (and was on television for about three seconds) and appeared in the BBC2 production Unfinished. A literary festival junkie, she’s Bookstalls Manager for the StAnza Poetry Festival and has volunteered at a variety of other festivals, including the Hay Literary Festival and the San Francisco Writers Conference.
She has one cat, Perdita (named for the Shakespeare character), who she rescued from the streets of Fife, and one tattoo, which she got on Easter Island.