Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: February 2, 2010

For more information contact, Pat O'Brien, (901) 333-4021

Award-Winning Author Cary Holladay Will Soon Present a Reading and Fiction Workshop at Southwest Tennessee Community College

Award-winning novelist and short-story writer Cary Holladay, First Tennessee Professor of English at the University of Memphis, returns to Southwest on Friday, February 12, to offer a reading and fiction workshop. She will read from her work at 12:15 p.m., and afterward, conduct a two-hour workshop beginning at 1:30 p.m. Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the reading, which will take place on the Macon Cove Campus in the Bert Bornblum Library.

While both the reading and workshop are free and open to the public, advance registration is encouraged for the workshop, which is limited to 20 participants. To register for the workshop, please send five to 25 pages of fiction, double-spaced, unsigned, along with a letter that includes your name and contact information, to:

Holladay Workshop
Whitehead 23
Southwest Tennessee Community College
5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN

If you do not wish to submit your fiction but wish to attend the workshop as an auditing participant, please contact Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Language and Literature Thad Cockrill at 333-4604.

Holladay is the author of the short story collections, The Quick Change Artist, The People Down South, and The Palace of Wasted Footsteps, and the novel, Mercury. “Merry Go Sorry,” her story based on the “West Memphis Three” trial, was awarded the O. Henry Prize in 1999. Her other awards include The Goodheart Prize (2006), first prize in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open (2006), The Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction (2002), and the Southern Humanities Review Annual Best Story Award (1997).

The Holladay Workshop is one of a series sponsored by Pierian, the Southwest literary society, with support from the Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Affairs.

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Photo caption: Cary Holladay