Cary Holladay

Cary Holladay

Professor Emeritus

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A.B., The College of William and Mary
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Academic Summary

Professor Holladay's new book, Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella, will be published in 2019 by Ohio UP / Swallow Press. Her seven previous volumes of fiction include Horse People: Stories (LSU), The Deer in the Mirror (Ohio State UP), A Fight in the Doctor's Office (Miami UP), Mercury (Shaye Areheart Books / Crown), The Quick Change Artist: Stories (Ohio UP / Swallow Press), The Palace of Wasted Footsteps (U Missouri P), and The People Down South (U Illinois P). Her awards include an O. Henry Prize and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

She has published about 90 stories and essays in journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Epoch, Five Points, The Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, and many others. A native of Virginia, she is a full Professor at the University of Memphis, where she has taught since 2002.

Major Publications

  • The Deer in the Mirror, Ohio State UP, 2013
  • Horse People: Stories, Louisiana State UP, 2013
  • A Fight in the Doctor's Office, Miami UP, 2008
  • The Quick-Change Artist: Stories, Swallow Press / Ohio UP, 2006
  • Mercury, a novel, Shaye Areheart Books / Random House, 2002
  • The Palace of Wasted Footsteps, UofMissouri Press, 1998
  • The People Down South, U of Illinois Press, 1989

Additional Selected Publications

  • "Comanche Queen," Cincinnati Review 13.1 (Summer 2016): 52-69.
  • "Stinkeye." Memphis Noir. Ed. Leonard Gill and Laureen Cantwell. Brooklyn, NY: Akashic Books, 2015: 221-236.
  • "You Are Free, Go and Fight," The Hudson Review LXVIII: 3 (Autumn 2015): 393-403.
  • "Operator." The Hudson Review LXVI: 3 (Autumn 2013): 527-534.
  • "Whirlwind." Epoch 62:3 (2013): 230-241.
  • "Forty Seconds." Prairie Schooner 87:3 (Fall 2013): 135-141.
  • "The Army Disease," a novella, Alaska Quarterly Review 30:1&2 (Spring/Summer 2013): 7-42.
  • "Interview with Etta Place, Sweetheart of the Sundance Kid." Freight Stories Vol. 8 (November 2012).
  • "Seven Sons," The Hudson Review LXIV:3 (Autumn 2011): 409-437.
  • "The Best Party Ever," The Oxford American No. 73 (Summer 2011): 50-56.
  • "The Flood," Glimmer Train 78 (Spring 2011): 172-197. Winner, "Family Matters" contest.
  • "Horseman, Pass By!" The Sewanee Review CXIX:1 (Winter 2011): 1-17.
  • "A Gold Rush Story," Great River Review, Issue 54 (Spring/Summer 2011): 81-91.
  • "Ghost Walk," Philadelphia Noir. Ed. Carlin Romano. New York: NY: Akashic Press, 2010: 249-265.
  • "Two Worlds." The Southern Review 46:3 (Summer 2010): 458-471.
  • "Summer of Love." Epoch 59:2 (2010 Series): 207-221.
  • "Horse People," New Stories From the South: The Year's Best, 2009. Ed. Madison Smartt Bell. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 296-312. First published in Ecotone. Vol. 4, No. 1 & 2.
  • "The Horses Are Loose." Who Will Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. Ed. John McNally & Owen King. Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008: :47-61.
  • "Hollyhocks," New Stories From the South: The Year's Best, 2007. Ed. Edward P. Jones. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007: 150-165. First published in Five Points, Vol. 10, No. 2.
  • "The Burning." New Stories From the South: The Year's Best, 2006. Ed. Allan Gurganus. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2006: 17 - 36. First published in Fugue, Vol. 28.
  • "Jane's Hat." New Stories From the South: The Year's Best, 2005. Ed. Shannon Ravenel. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005: 115 - 127. First published in Five Points, Vol. VIII, No. 3.