Becky Hagenston

Becky Hagenston



2006 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


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

Teaching Interests

Creative writing, fiction

Recent Courses



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 three award-winning story collections: 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 the Oxford American, New England Review, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, and many other journals, and have been chosen twice for an O. Henry Award.


“The Upside-Down World” was chosen for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015.


Scavengers book coverScavengers
Winner of the Permafrost Prize in Fiction
University of Alaska Press, 2016.

Strange Weather book coverStrange Weather
Winner of the Spokane Prize in Short Fiction
Press 53, 2010

A Gram of Mars book coverA Gram of Mars
Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize
Sarabande Books, 1998

Recent Publications

  • “Star Girl,” Cincinnati Review MiCRo (May 16, 2018)
  • “Storage and Retrieval,” Oxford American (Summer 2018)
  • “Hi Ho, Cherry-O” Witness Magazine (Spring 2018)
  • “In the Museum of Tense Moments,” The Greensboro Review (#102, Fall 2017)
  • “The Spectrum of Wonders,” Salamander (44, 2017)
  • “Atlantis,” Indiana Review (39.1, 2017)
  • “Basic Commands,” Southern Humanities Review (51.1, Winter 2017)
  • “Hematite, Apatite” Shenandoah (66.2, Spring 2017)
  • “The Seven Ravens,” Blackbird (15.2 Fall 2016)
  • “The Sitters” Confrontation (Issue 120, Fall 2016)
  • “Perishables” Post Road (No. 31, Winter 2016)
  • “Rise,” New England Review (37.2, 2016)
  • “The Celebrity” Memorious 26 (Summer 2016)
  • “Starry Night,” The Gettysburg Review (Spring 2016

Faculty & Staff