Becky Hagenston

Becky Hagenston


  • Graduate Faculty


  • Professor


  • Co-Director of Creative Writing



  • 2006 Lee Hall


  • M.F.A., University of Arizona, 1997
  • M.A., New Mexico State University, 2000
  • B.A., Elizabethtown College, 1989

Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing, fiction

Becky Hagenston grew up in Maryland and received her MFA from the University of Arizona and her MA from New Mexico State. She is the author of four award-winning story collections: The Age of Discovery and Other Stories (winner of the Journal’s Non/Fiction Book Prize); Scavengers (winner of the Permafrost Book Prize); Strange Weather (winner of the Spokane Prize); and A Gram of Mars (winner of Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize). Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Oxford American, New England Review, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, and many other journals, and have been chosen for a Pushcart Prize and twice for an O. Henry Award.


  • The Age of Discovery, Winner of The Journal's Non/Fiction Book Prize and the MIAL Award in Fiction, The Ohio State Univensity Press, 2021.
  • Scavengers, Winner of the Permafrost Prize in Fiction, University of Alaska Press, 2016.
  • Strange Weather, Winner of the Spokane Prize in Short Fiction, Press 53, 2010
  • A Gram of Mars, Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize, Sarabande Books, 1998

Recent Publications

  • “The Participants,” Gulf Coast (Summer/Fall 2022)
  • “Divided House,” The Hopkins Review (Winter 2022)
  • “La Mesa,” Arts & Letters (Spring 2022)
  • “The Swing of Things,” Four Way Review (Fall 2021)
  • “Sea Ice,” The Journal (Vol. 45.1, 2021)
  • “Interview,” Chicago Quarterly Review (Vol. 32, 2020)
  • “Kings of Bohemia” appeared in Third Coast (Spring/Summer 2020)
  • “A Great Fall,” PRISM International (Spring 2020)

The Age of Discovery
The Age of Discovery
Strange Weather
Strange Weather
A Gram of Mars
A Gram of Mars