Cary Holladay

Photo credit University of Memphis. Trey Clark.

Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella
Forthcoming in 2019 from Ohio University Press

The Deer in the Mirror
"Cary Holladay, historical fiction writer extraordinaire, brings the lost world of early Virginia--towns like Rapidan, Culpeper, and Raccoon Ford--blazingly to life . . . This collection deserves everything out there--our closest attention, our highest regard, and every prize in sight."
--Lee Smith, author of Guests on Earth

Horse People: Stories
"Magnificent new collection . . . Holladay's art at its shimmering best."
--Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe From the Neighbors

Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction. Her awards include fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her story "Merry-Go-Sorry," based on the case of the West Memphis 3, was published in Alaska Quarterly Review and won an O. Henry Prize.

Her books are available oneline, from publishers, and at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, The Arts Center in Orange, and Burke's Books.

Cary teaches at the University of Memphis and in the Low-Residency MFA program at Converse College. Read her suggestions for writing and revision in "A Cayce for Fiction"

Cary is married to the writer John Bensko.

Selected Works

Louisiana State University Press 2013
Three generations of a family in Virginia's horse country.
Includes "Heart on a Wire," a story of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush, winner the Glimmer Train Fiction Open.
Set largely at a rural resort hotel, these 13 stories span 100 years of magic and passion.
"Holladay's stories are beautifully constructed, with sensuous, even wondrous images..." -- Linda Barrett Osborne

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