2017-2018 Writers Circuit

Cary Holladay

Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction, including Horse People: Stories (Louisiana State UP 2013), The Deer in the Mirror (Ohio State UP 2013), The Quick Change Artist: Stories (Swallow Press / Ohio UP 2006), The Palace of Wasted Footsteps (U of Missouri Press 1998), and The People Down South (U of Illinois Press 1989); and the novels Mercury (Shaye Areheart Books/Random House 2002) and A Fight in the Doctor’s Office (Miami UP 2008). Cary finds inspiration in the history, culture, and folklore of her native Virginia and the South.


Her awards include 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 the West Memphis Three.


Cary has 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.


She has published more than 70 stories in journals and anthologies, with four appearances in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Epoch, Five Points, The Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. Best American Short Stories has short-listed six of her stories.


Holladay earned a Bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary and a Master’s degree at the Pennsylvania State University. She teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis. She is a member of the core faculty at Converse College’s low-residency MFA and has served as an Artist-in-Residence at Fairmont State University and as a Visiting Distinguished Writer at Wichita State University.

Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner is the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003), Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011), and Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner. Her fourth book of poems, Copia, was published by BOA Editions in 2014. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Tin House, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and The MacDowell Colony, and she was a 2014-15 US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Meitner is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing.