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Jaimee Wriston Colbert


English, General Literature and Rhetoric


Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of six books: Vanishing Acts, her new novel, which was recently featured on the premier environmentally-themed website,; Wild Things, her recent collection of linked stories, longlisted for the Chautauqua Prize; the novel Shark Girls, finalist for the USABookNews Best Books of 2010 and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year; Dream Lives of Butterflies, winner of the IPPY Gold Medal 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 was the 2012 recipient of the Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize for “Things Blow Up,” a story in Wild Things. Other stories in that collection won the Jane's Stories Award and the Isotope Editor's Fiction Prize. She is Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY, Binghamton University.


  • BA, University of Washington
  • MA, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Creative writing
  • contemporary literature


  • Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize

  • 2012
  • "Things Blow Up."
    Deep Waters Anthology – Second Place Prize
  • Fiction
  • 2012.
    "We Are All in Pieces" – Awarded Special Mention
  • Pushcart Prize Anthology
  • 2011.
    Finalist for the Julia Peterkin Prize in Fiction
  • 2011.
  • A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing
  • 2009 Editors' Fiction Prize.
    Jane's Stories National Short Story Award
  • 2008. http
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    Dream Lives of Butterflies won the gold medal
  • Independent Publisher Awards
  • 2008.
    Finalist - Shark Girls and Dream Lives of Butterflies
  • USA BookNews Best Books of 2010 and 2007
  • and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
  • 2010 and 2007.
    "Distinguished Visiting Writer" - University of Missouri
  • St. Louis
  • 1999.
    Wesleyan Writers Conference
  • the Fiction Fellowship
  • 1999
    Willa Cather Fiction Prize - international competition
  • 1997
    Zephyr Prize - national competition
  • 1994
    Delogue Award - "Outstanding Woman Fiction Writer
  • " 1994
    "What the Deer Know" - Performed Live/PCA Great Performances
  • and recorded on
    NPR Selected Shorts; nominated for Pushcart Prize
  • 1999.
    "Haole Girl Blue" - nominated for Pushcart Prize.
    "Just Watching for Jesus" - nominated for Pushcart Prize.
    Finalist (twice) - Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.

Last Updated: 3/8/18