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"As a writer, I’m carrying the darkness; I’m writing about the difficult, the leaden places no one wants to go or look at, because my life experience has been informed by it.

 

"My gift is to dismantle and translate it, so that it can be—maybe—made less scary, by revealing the concurrent existence of hope—so that as a people we can get around it and past it. If I can, so can everyone.​

 

"Even in the darkest times, there is always a glimmer of hope—and love, yes, it’s there. The secret of the darkness is that love is also coinciding."

~Hunter Liguore

Tireless Writer. Curious Historian. Surreal Artist. Empathetic Professor. Philosopher & Lover of Books

Short Bio

Hunter Liguore (she/her) is the award-winning author of WHOLE WORLD INSIDE NAN’S SOUP (Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers Winner, Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book, A Celebrate the Earth Selection/SCBWI); A RECIPE FOR HELPING FALLEN STARS (forthcoming); and WHERE ARE YOU GOING, BUTTERFLY?. Her writing explores interconnectedness with all people, reciprocal relationships with the natural world, and kindness and empathy for all, without exception. Hunter holds an MFA in Writing, with related degree work in History and Philosophy. She is a Professor of Writing at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. A banned book collector, she can often be found roaming old ruins, hillsides, and cemeteries burying books for future generations across the globe.

Education

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. 

Most especially, Hunter is a lifetime learner of writing-as-a-way-of-life. 

Teaching

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,' 'How to Make a Ghost,' 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, and ardent support for her students’ creative ambitions.

Short Stories. Essays. Poems. Screenplays.

Recent Highlights... 

Screenplay

Hunter's social and diverse sci-fi screenplay, EVERYLIFE, has earned 31 festival/contest wins, globally, including semi-finalist in the International Screenwriters' Association #TABLEREAD Contest, 'Best Screenplay' in the Sanctuary Film Festival in Australia. Top 4% on Coverfly (as of 4/11). Read more.

Recent Highlights... 

Story/Essay

Poem

"First Principle of Peace" has been chosen as 1/4 finalist in the Great American Think-Off, spons. by the Cultural Center. This year's debate is between the importance of personal choice vs. social responsibility.

"Murder for Sale," Hunter's horror/satire on the real estate industry, is forthcoming from Mystery Magazine. 

Hunter's bizarro holiday tale, "Nothing Quite Like it in the World,” has been published in Furious Fiction by Australian Writers' Centre, Jan. 19, 2022. Shortlisted contest winner. Read it.

"Wizard of Dublin" wins honorable mention in the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Mainstream Short Story Contest 

"Cave of My Sisters" (poem) appears in Last Leaves Literary. Apr. 2022. 

"Wild Gardens," (essay) can be read at the Heartland Society of Women, and includes an interview. Read now.

Book lovers, check out: One Book: What Would You Save From Being Destroyed forever? Available at Porridge Literary Review. READ NOW!

Read Hunter's writing craft articles on Science Fiction Writers of America, including the latest, "Writing Eyebrows: How to Orchestrate Emotions in Your Story."

Recent Highlights

Other

Hunter has been awarded the  Artists Respond Grant for her project, "Words Melt Away," a 30-day, free, virtual writing classroom, to support writers in crisis during the initial COVID-19 outbreak, with the support of the Department of Economic & Community Development/Office of the Arts. 

Books. Podcast. Articles. Contemplative Photography.

Recent Highlights... 

Articles

Hunter's curated themed collections are now available in Spirituality & Health Magazine and available in print throughout 2022! Be sure to check out, Magic & Expansion (Dec '21) Moonlit Path (May/Jun), and Lazy Days (Jul/Aug)... as well as her recent article on reclaiming our ancestral recipes. 

READ NOW

Recent Highlights... 

Podcast

"Equanimity" has been produced by London director, Hana Walker-Brown as part of the ‘Anthems’ podcast series produced in partnership with Broccoli/Sony Entertainment.

LISTEN NOW.

"Jars of Spiders" is forthcoming in Tales for Terror Radio Show. 

Pushcart Prize nominated, "Every Piece is Sacred," has been narrated for radio by the Lost Explorer's Club, featuring Aaron Webber. It is also available through 34 Orchard Literary Journal.

LISTEN NOW.

Recent Highlights

Books

Hunter's historical novel, Disembodied Spirits, has won 3rd place in the Forever Yours 'All Voices, All Loves,' contest, Jan. 2020, sponsored by Grand Central/HarperCollins.

 

Praise for Disembodied Spirits--"The unique premise caught our attention and the amalgamation of the gothic paranormal and romance felt reminiscent of Simone St. James and Susanna Kearsley. This work has all the hallmarks of haunting, enticing romantic fiction." ~Forever Editorial Team/Grand Central

Hidden Warrior: The Gentle-Way of Sun Tzu's Art of War. (Forthcoming) 

Synopsis--"For 2500 years, Sun Tzu's Art of War has been perceived by the world as a military treatise and tactical how-to guide for waging war on a battlefield. But what if it had a different purpose, one meant for individuals, solely for the intent of waging a war on the wandering, distracted mind?"   

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