Colette Sartor's stories have been published widely in
journals and anthologies such as
FiveChapters, Kenyon
Review Online, The Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner,
Harvard Review, Fugue, Quarterly West, Press 53 Open
Awards Anthology
and Short Stories from Printers Row.
Her awards include a
Writers@Work Fiction Prize, a Glenna
Luschei Award
, a Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, an
honorable mention in
Best American Short Stories and a
Truman Capote Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’
, where she completed her MFA. In addition, Sartor’s
short story collection,
Once Removed, was shortlisted for the
2013 Salt Publishing Scott Prize. As a freelance editor, she
has edited numerous fiction and nonfiction projects, including a
creative writing textbook, and served as senior fiction editor for
the prize-winning online journal,
Pif Magazine.  Sartor lives in
Los Angeles with her husband, son and very large German
Shepherd, and teaches creative writing at
UCLA Extension
Writers’ Program
as well as privately. Visit her at www.
Once Removed
July 13, 2014, 7 pm @ The Federal Bar
"Vivid, sharp, human and ugly,. . .A winner in so many ways.”  
Junot Diaz  “These are short stories the way they were meant to
be told, from a writer who, tale after tale, proves her mastery of
the form. Peopled with characters…that are bracingly complex,
these stories tease out the subtleties of human relationships,
especially when they've gone awry. I was absorbed and
incredibly moved from every first sentence to the last."  
 “Colette Sartor's stories are filled with a gorgeous
sense of disquiet, the threads of fear and longing and hope that
hang between husbands and wives, mothers and sons, long-time
friends. Each story plucks at those threads and makes them
hum. Her vision is clear-eyed, passionate, and always
engrossing. I can't wait to see what she does next."  
 “Colette Sartor’s stories shimmer with a radiant,
unsettling light.  She strips away the veils that we hide behind
and exposes our deepest fears and desires, revealing who we
inescapably are.  The stories are laced with dark humor and raw,
earned emotion, and they proceed from page to page with a
beautiful urgency.  Her prose sings and her wounded characters
linger in readers’ memories like people you’ve known, people
you could have been had luck gone the other way.  This is
trenchant, gorgeous fiction, the voice of a writer you'll follow
anywhere, everywhere."  
Bret Anthony Johnston
* Colette Sartor *