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Professor Receives NEA Fellowship for Fiction Writing
For release: Jan. 25, 2006
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Cary Holladay, assistant professor of English at the University of Memphis, has received a 2006 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $20,000 awards encourage the production of new work by providing recipients the time and means to write.

Holladay has received many awards for her writing, including the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction in 2002 and the O. Henry Award in 1999. Her works include the novel Mercury and the short story collections The Palace of Wasted Footsteps and The People Down South.

One of Holladay's stories is included in New Stories From the South 2005.  A new collection of stories, The Quick Change Artist, is forthcoming from Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. Her stories have appeared in The Hudson Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Epoch, The Idaho Review, The Kenyon Review and many other journals.

Holladay, who teaches fiction writing, holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree from Penn State University.

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