Becky Hagenston grew up in Maryland and received her M.A. from New Mexico State University and her MFA from the University of Arizona. Her stories have appeared in numerous journals, including TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, Crazy Horse, the Gettysburg Review, the Southern Review, Witness, and Carolina Quarterly. She has received an O. Henry Award and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as a residency at Yaddo. Becky Hagenston has served as faculty editor/advisor to Jabberwock Review.
M.A., New Mexico State University, 2000
M.F.A., University of Arizona, 1997
B.A., Elizabethtown College, 1989
Creative writing, fiction.
winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction
March 2010, Press 53.
A Gram of Mars
Sarabande Books, 1998
"In A Gram of Mars, Hagenston offers us tales of the heart at home, capturing the fractured experience of family and the often desperate need for connection. Set on the author's home turf of Maryland, where she grew up, and in Arizona, where she attended graduate school, Hagenston's stories bravely document the ways in which we fail each other and ourselves. . . . One is both comforted and hallenged by the familiarity of the characters and the shared history that is life in the late 20th century. Hers is a new and necessary voice in American fiction."
- from the foreword by A.M. Homes.8.
“Ivy Green,” Passages North (January 2010)
“Anthony,” Mid-American Review (Fall 2008) and in Surreal South 2009
“Midnight, Licorice, Shadow,” Crazyhorse (Fall 2008)
“Crumbs,” Freight Stories (Spring 2008)
“In Case Someone Comes Looking for Me,” Gettysburg Review (Autumn 2007)
“Let Yourself Go,” Cincinnati Review (Summer 2007)
“The Scenic Route,” Gulf Coast (Summer/Fall 2007)
“Freeze,” www.failbetter.com (Winter 2006)
“The Good News,” Carolina Quarterly (Winter 2005)
“Good Listener,” Black Warrior Review (Winter 2005)
“Vines,” Fugue (Winter 2003-04) Special Mention in 2005 Pushcart Anthology
“Grand Canyon,” Other Voices (Spring/Summer 2004)
“How to Keep Busy While Your Fiancé Climbs Mount Everest,” Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts (May 2003)
“Lost,” Ascent (Spring 2003)
“About the Artist,” Alaska Quarterly Review (Spring/Summer 2003)
“Trafalgar,” Gettysburg Review (Winter 2002)