Author Becky Hagenston (photo by Megan Bean)

About the Author

Becky Hagenston's third collection of short stories, Scavengers, was chosen by Benjamin Percy as the winner of the Permafrost Book Prize and was published in 2016 by the University of Alaska Press.

Her second collection of short stories, Strange Weather, won the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and was published in March 2010 by Press 53.

Her first book, A Gram of Mars, won the Mary McCarthy Prize and was published by Sarabande Books.

Her story "Secrets of Old Time Science Experiments" won Salem College's Reynolds Price Award in Short Fiction.

She has won two O. Henry awards, special mentions in Pushcart anthologies and Best American Short Stories, and her story "Midnight, Licorice, Shadow" was listed in the back of Best American Mysteries as a Distinguished Mystery Story of 2008.

She has won the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, the Mary McCarthy Prize, and received a residency to Yaddo. She has also received scholarships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.

She is an Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University and lives in Starkville, Mississippi with her husband, Troy DeRego.

(Photo by Megan Bean. Click image to download high resolution file.)