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 that helps women leaders of color re-discover their confidence, build a story legacy, and learn how to mentor the next gen of young women about to start their careers.