Daniel J. O’Malley, Ashley Wurzbacher & Cary Holladay
February 14, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST
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Daniel J. O’Malley grew up in Missouri and currently lives in West Virginia. His fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Granta, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, and other publications. His story “Simon,” initially published in Granta, is a finalist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. His story “Bridge,” initially published in Alaska Quarterly Review, was included in 2016’s The Best American Short Stories anthology and broadcast on the NPR program Selected Shorts. O’Malley teaches in the English Department at Marshall University.
Ashley Wurzbacher was originally from Titusville, Pennsylvania and she currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama and teaches creative writing at the University of Montevallo. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. Her debut short story collection, Happy Like This, was the winner of the 2019 John Simmons (Iowa) Short Fiction Award, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
Cary Holladay grew up in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She has published eight volumes of fiction. About 100 of her stories and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Arkansas Review, Black Warrior Review, Blackbird, Chattahoochee Review, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Epoch, Five Points, Florida Review, Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, The Hudson Review, Idaho Review, Kenyon Review, Kestrel, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, Oxford American, Prairie Schooner, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch.
Holladay’s awards include an O. Henry Prize for “Merry-Go-Sorry,” a story that first appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review. Of that story, Stephen King wrote: Good fiction shows us the inside of things–a community, a job, a relationship, the human heart. Great fiction can sometimes show all of these things working together; it lifts us briefly above the event horizon of our own day-to-day existences and gives us a dreamlike (and godlike) sense of understanding what life itself is about. Cary Holladay’s “Merry-Go-Sorry” is one of those rare and always welcome stories.” Holladay has been awarded fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Professor of English at the University of Memphis.