Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of Wild Things, a new linked story collection from BkMk Press, 2016; Shark Girls, from Livingston Press in November, 2009; a linked stories collection, Dream Lives of Butterflies, which won the gold medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Awards; a novel in stories, Climbing the God Tree, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize; and the story collection Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, winner of the Zephyr Publishing Prize.Her stories have appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Tampa Review, Connecticut Review and New Letters, broadcast on "Selected Shorts," archived in "New Letters on the Air," and anthologized. Three recent stories won the Jane’s Stories National Short Story Award; the Isotope Editors’ Fiction Prize; and the Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize.
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.”
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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.
Publicist promo for Wild Things and Q and A interview...