Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of six books of fiction: Vanishing Acts, a 2018 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Finalist, winner of a 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Family Saga, and finalist for the 2018 American Fiction Prize, the 2019 International Book Award in Literary Fiction and the National Indie Excellence Award in Literary Fiction; Wild Things, winner of the CNY 2017 Book Award in Fiction and the 2018 International Book Award in Fiction-Short Stories; Shark Girls, finalist for the USA Book News Best Books of 2010 and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year; Dream Lives of Butterflies, winner of the IPPY Gold Medal/First Place Award for story collections; Climbing the God Tree, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize; and Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, winner of the Zephyr Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner, and broadcast on“Selected Shorts.” She won the 2012 Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize for “Things Blow Up,” a story in Wild Things. Other stories won the Jane’s Stories Award and the Isotope Editor’s Fiction Prize. She was recently awarded the 2018-2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Originally from Hawai’i, she is Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY, Binghamton University.
eco-fiction.com on Vanishing Acts: “Vanishing Acts is a very good example of a modern literary novel that arouses the reader’s mindfulness to global warming, extinction, and the loss of biodiversity, meanwhile mirroring the planet’s demise in our personal relationships and downfalls. In both planet and person are beautiful and complicated systems, strength, failure, and intricate but fragile relationships. The novel is a brilliant journey in an exotic land, with flavorful characters and prose as lush and verdant as the volcanic rainforest’s.” (Featured book - Authors Who Tackle Climate Change in Fiction).
Booklist on Wild Things: “Colbert (Shark Girls, 2009) hones her clarion vision of the interconnectedness and vulnerability of life in this edgy, knowing, situationally complex, and emotionally intricate short story collection. …. Colbert’s divining sense of brokenness and our longing for wholeness makes for extraordinarily incisive, stirring, funny, and haunting all-American stories.”
From Booklist on Shark Girls: (Starred Review): "Colbert has created an edgy and lush gothic tale laced with outlaw eroticism and barbed absurdities, and propelled by a powerful undertow racing beneath every alarming scene, bitterly funny moment, and strange twist of fate. From women battered and haunted to “throwaway kids,” rock-and-roll burnouts, and quixotic quests, Colbert summons a world as volatile as Hawaii itself, with its cycles of volcanic destruction and slow repair." --Donna Seaman
Booklist said about Dream Lives of Butterflies: "Evocative images of specimen butterflies, their broken bodies permanently suspended in time and pinned in place, suffuse Colbert's inventively interconnected stories of fragile yet defiant people whose lives immutably sway in a limbo between uncertainty and endurance."
The New York Times on Climbing the God Tree: "The scope of Jaimee Wriston Colbert's storytelling is impressive, with no fewer than 16 central characters delineated in intricately overlapping narratives. ...The stories stand on their own as sensitive and unsentimental evocations of unrelieved loss..."
She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
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