SAINT AUGUSTINE — The Flagler College Writers-in-Residence series kicks-off its annual talks with a visit by Cary Holladay, the author of seven volumes of fiction. Holladay will read from her latest work, “Horse People: Stories,” on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Markland House. The event is free and open to the public.
Holladay, a professor of English at University of Memphis, has also published “The Deer in the Mirror, “The Quick Change Artist: Stories,” “The Palace of Wasted Footsteps,” “The People Down South,” “Mercury” and “A Fight in the Doctor’s Office.”
Holladay, who finds inspiration in the history, culture, and folklore of her native Virginia and the South, has won numerous awards, including fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. She won an O. Henry Prize for “Merry-Go-Sorry,” a story about a triple murder that occurred in West Memphis, Ark. She has also won 11 national fiction competitions, including two for book manuscripts — the Miami U of Ohio Novella Prize for “A Fight in the Doctor’s Office” and Ohio State University’s Prize in Short Fiction for “The Deer in the Mirror.”
Holladay earned a bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree at the Pennsylvania State University. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis and is a member of the core faculty at Converse College’s low-residency MFA.
For more information on Holladay, visit http://www.caryholladay.net. The Nov. 2 event at Flagler College, held at the Markland House on Markland Place, is free and open to the public.