Cary Holladay

John Bensko & Cary Holladay at the MidSouth Book Festival
Cary Holladay grew up in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She earned an A.B. at The College of William and Mary and an M.A. at the Pennsylvania State University, where she studied fiction writing with the novelists Robert C. S. Downs, Thomas Rogers, and Paul West, and poetry with John Balaban and John Haag.

She has written seven volumes of fiction. More than eighty of her stories and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Arkansas Review, Black Warrior Review, Blackbird, Chattahoochee Review, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Epoch, Five Points, Florida Review, Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, The Hudson Review, Idaho Review, Kenyon Review, Kestrel, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch.

Her awards include an O. Henry Prize and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is represented by Liz Darhansoff of Darhansoff & Verrill.

Cary Holladay is a Professor of English at the University of Memphis. She and her husband, the poet and fiction writer John Bensko, live in Memphis, Tennessee and in Rapidan, Virginia.

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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