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 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.


“Hi-Ho Cherry-O” was chosen for a 2020 Pushcart Prize

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


Age of Discovery The Age of Discovery
Winner of The Journal's Non/Fiction Book Prize and the MIAL Award in Fiction
The Ohio State University Press, 2021.


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

  • “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)

Faculty & Staff