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Hunter has been awarded the CT Artists Respond Grant for her project, "Words Melt Away," a 30-day, free, virtual writing classroom, Apr.-Sept. 2020, with the support of the Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts. *Details to participate can be found here.
NEW! Hunter's social sci-fi screenplay EVERYLIFE, has earned 19 festival & contest wins, globally, including 'Best Screenplay' in the PRIX ROYAL SCREENPLAY AWARDS, FRANCE, June 2020. It was a Quarterfinalist in the TSL Screenplay Contest, July 2020, meaning, the top 1000 out of 13,000 submissions and "Best sci-fi screenplay" in the United States Script Competition, Aug. 1, 2020. Contact to option.
Hunter's diverse historical novel, Disembodied Spirits, has won 3rd place in the Forever Yours 'All Voices, All Loves,' contest, Jan. 2020, sponsored by Grand Central/HarperCollins.
Hunter's nature writing is part of the current exhibit at the Beinecke Library at Yale University called, “Preserving Land and Legacy: Writers and Artists Connecting to Nature at Edwin Way Teale’s Trail Wood.”
Several craft essays, including, "The Ultra-Novelist," are available to read on the Science Fiction Writers of America website.
With advance degrees in history and writing, Hunter's areas of critical research and specialty in history include: modern Irish history, with an emphasis on the work of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, John Hume (Northern Ireland), whom she's had the opportunity to meet and study with; African, Caribbean, and Indigenous diaspora and enslavement in the Americas; and the history of technology.
Some areas of research and specialty in writing include: writing for young people; screenwriting; CNF; and social science fiction, with an emphasis on the work of Orwell, Zamyatin, and Rand. You can read her essay on how these authors influenced each other here.
Hunter teaches creative and professional writing (e.g., fiction, nature writing, screenwriting, business writing), for all experience levels, at several universities in New England. Her classes are known for being writer-focused, energetic and modern, often debunking old and tired writing mantras. Further, she ensures her students leave with several pieces to expand on. Some favorite classes include, 'Writing Nature Where You Are,' 'The Book: From Idea to Publication,' and 'Social Justice Writing.'
She was recently awarded the 'Alumni Achievement Award' by Lesley University, in recognition of her outstanding professional achievements, devotion to her career, ardent support for her students’ creative ambitions.
Hunter is an award-winning author, garnering many awards and publication worldwide, including four Pushcart-Prize nominations for fiction. Some places to read her work include: 34 Orchard, Sunlight Press, IMPACT!: Personal Portraits of Activism, Anthropology and Humanism, Irish Pages, Bellevue Literary Review, The Writers Chronicle, The Writer's Digest Poet's Market, Great Plains Quarterly, The Master's Review, and Writing For Animals (Ashland Creek Press).
She won First Place in the Ethnographic Fiction competition sponsored by the American Anthropological Association, for her story, "Court of Last Resort." To become a patron and participate in her monthly short story reading club and community, please visit:
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She is the editor-in-chief of the Mary Shelley tribute anthology, The Last Man: Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, and Woe, featuring such luminaries as Ray Bradbury and Barry Malzberg. Her novella, L'utimo Orso Polare has been translated and published in Italy, 2018. Her children's book, The Whole World in Nan's Soup, is forthcoming from Yeehoo Press, spring 2021.
A long-time screenwriter, she has several sweet holiday and romance scripts under option or production with notable industry professionals. Her socially diverse screenplay, Everylife, is an 19-time festival winner and finalist 2019/2020.
To learn more about Hunter's philosophies, please visit here.
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