Meet the Author

Sandra Hunter’s stories have won the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, 2017 Leapfrog Press Fiction Award, 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, and four Pushcart nominations. She is a 2018 Hawthornden Fellow and the 2017 Charlotte Sheedy Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. She is now represented by the BJ Robbins Literary Agency.

Publications & Awards

2020
Publication, The Blue Nib Literary Magazine for “Goldcrests”

2020 
Publication, Barren Magazine for “Who’s That Lady?”

2019
Pushcart Nomination, Random Sample Review for “Flowers For” 

2019
Pushcart Nomination, Collective Unrest for “Pink Star”

2018
Winner, Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition for “Meanwhile the Forests Continue to Die”

2017
2nd Place, Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction for “Finger Popping”

2017
Winner, Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest for collection “Trip Wires”

2016
Winner, Gold Line Press Fiction Award for Chapbook “Small Change”

Residencies

April 2022 
Storyknife Residency, Homer, AK

2019
Residency, Writers at the Eyrie, Brooklyn NY

2018
Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, Edinburgh, Scotland 

2017
Charlotte Sheedy Fellow, MacDowell Colony

Selected Works

Latest News

Novel-memoir transformation into novel

BURGHER QUEEN was accepted for rep by my new agent, BJ Robbins. We agreed that this would work better as a novel. Excited to be working with BJ. The only regret is that I can’t include pics, such as this one of my mother when she was 21. 

Barren Magazine

Excited to share the publication of my creative nonfiction piece about my mother’s Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Updates

Work Stuff: I’ve started a new project — my first post-apocalyptic attempt. It’s set in a bombed out Santa Monica and Venice after the 2036 election is overturned. A massive uprising of people of color have occupied Beverly Hills, Westwood et al. White home owners have fled, or been airlifted to safety. Despite government warnings, the squatters remain and “surgical bombing” follows. Meanwhile, low-income BIPOCs are being recruited for “reprogramming” with the terrible reality that they’re being trained to target and kill the squatters.

Yum Stuff: So, no Galaxy Easter eggs available. Will struggle on with Godiva. Sigh.

Random Stuff: What does the conversation look like? How do we learn to talk to each other again?

Professional Memberships

PEN America

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Hedgebrook Cedar Deep Giving Circle

Women’s Writers Project

Women’s National Book Association

American Association of University Woman

Literary Arts, Portland OR

Women of Color Writers Community

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Women of Color

Bios for Re-Use

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Sandra Hunter’s stories have won the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, 2017 Leapfrog Press Fiction Award, and the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize. She is a 2018 Hawthornden Fellow and the 2017 Charlotte Sheedy Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Books: TRIP WIRES, stories, fiction chapbook SMALL CHANGE, and debut novel, LOSING TOUCH.

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Sandra Hunter’s fiction has won the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, 2017 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, and the October 2014 Africa Book Club Award. She is a 2018 Hawthornden Castle Fellow and the 2017 Charlotte Sheedy Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Books: LOSING TOUCH, a novel (July 2014), fiction chapbook, SMALL CHANGE (June 2016), fiction collection TRIP WIRES (June 2018). Sandra is a life and writing coach and  the owner of WILD WOMEN LEADERS OF COLOR, an immersive 6 month program that helps women re-charge their confidence, helps them re-discover their confidence, build a story legacy, and learn how to mentor of young women about to start their careers.

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Sandra Hunter’s fiction has won the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, 2017 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Prize, and the October 2014 Africa Book Club Award. Her story “Fishers of Men” was included in the 2018 Write Well Award Anthology. Her story “Finger Popping” won second place in the 2017 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Her story collection TRIP WIRES was published in 2018, the chapbook SMALL CHANGE was published in 2016, and her debut novel LOSING TOUCH was published in 2014. She completed her second novel THE GEOGRAPHY OF KITCHEN TABLES set in post-apartheid South Africa, and is working on the sequel FISSURES OF MEN. She is a 2018 Hawthornden Castle Fellow and the 2017 Charlotte Sheedy Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Sandra is an editor at Nimrod International Journal. She is a life and writing coach and  the owner of WILD WOMEN LEADERS OF COLOR, an immersive 6 month program that helps women re-discover their confidence, build a story legacy, and learn how to mentor of young women about to start their careers.

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Sandra Hunter’s short story collection, TRIP WIRES (2018) won the 2017 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest. It presents voices of young girls and boys set against turbulent socio-political backdrops such as Afghanistan, Syria and Colombia. Her fiction chapbook, SMALL CHANGE (2016), won the 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition. The three stories, set in Palestine, Libya, and Morocco, are told in children’s voices. Her debut novel, LOSING TOUCH (2014), is about immigrant Indians settling into 1960s London and examines the double loss of identity through immigration and chronic disease.

Recent works include stories such as “Meanwhile the Forests Continue to Die”, winner of the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition; “Fishers of Men” included in the 2018 Write Well Award Anthology; and “Finger Popping”, 2nd place, 2017 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. She is a 2018 Hawthornden Castle Fellow and the 2017 Charlotte Sheedy Fellow at the MacDowell Colony.

Sandra has finished her second and third novels THE GEOGRAPHY OF KITCHEN TABLES and THE BODY KNOWS NEW THINGS. GEOGRAPHY is set in post-apartheid South Africa. It follows the story of an interracial couple who marry in the rainbow glow of Nelson Mandela’s election. When their 9 year-old daughter, Liseli, is bottle-raped by a gang, the post-traumatic stress threatens to shatter the marriage. The sequel, THE BODY KNOWS NEW THINGS, follows Cebo, one of the characters in GEOGRAPHY, as he follows an environmental studies course at Cal State Channel Islands and comes to terms with his gay identity.

Her latest novel, THE BREAKING SKIN OF PHOTOGRAPHS, is a fictional account of her mother’s life, moving from Sri Lanka to India and then to England during post-war racism. Alice learns that her light skin, because of her Dutch and Portuguese heritage, doesn’t help her “pass” in England, and she has to fight to make her way against both white male and female competition to land a coveted senior assistant position at British Airways. Emotional wounds from her husband’s mistreatment, and from her past, harden her fundamentalist beliefs that alienate her daughter, Tina. After Alice dies, Tina tries to make sense of her mother’s life by sifting through boxes of photographs kept in the garage. She wants to find out what was behind the endless proselytizing, and has to come to terms with a mother she never really knew or was close to.

Sandra also collaborated with sculptor Lisa Sanders on a fiction, video, and 3D art installation titled THE GIRL AND THE SHEDDING FOX that was exhibited at the Durango Arts Center in Durango CO through June 2019, and at Yavapai College, AZ in October 2019.

Sandra is a life and writing coach and  the owner of WILD WOMEN LEADERS OF COLOR, immersive 6 month programs that help women professional of color re-discover their confidence, build a story legacy, and learn how to mentor of young women about to start their careers.