in conversation with LISANNE SARTOR

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Once Removed is the winner of the 2018 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

The women in the linked short story collection Once Removed carry the burdens imposed in the name of intimacy―the secrets kept, the lies told, the disputes initiated―as well as the joy that can still manage to triumph. A singer with a damaged voice and an assumed identity befriends a silent, troubled child; an infertile law professor covets a tenant’s daughterly affection; a new mother tries to shield her infant from her estranged mother’s surprise Easter visit; an aging shopkeeper hides her husband’s decline and a decades-old lie to keep her best friends from moving away.

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COLETTE SARTOR teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program as well as privately and is an executive director of the CineStory Foundation, a mentoring organization for emerging TV writers and screenwriters. Her writing has appeared in Carve magazine, Slice magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, and other publications.

Lisanne Sartor is an award-winning writer/director whose short films “Six Letter Word,” “Prick,” and “Heimlich” have screened worldwide at over 50 film festivals including Telluride and Cannes. Her feature script “Six Letter Word” won the 2017 Script Pipeline First Look Project Drama Category and her script “Cleaverville” was made into a Lifetime MOW. She is the board president of the CineStory Foundation, a mentoring organization for emerging TV writers and screenwriters.


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