Acclaimed Fiction Writer to Visit MSU for Price Caldwell Visiting Writers Series


Contact: Becky Hagenston

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Acclaimed fiction writer Mary Miller will give a public reading on September 15 as part of the Price Caldwell Visiting Writers series in the Department of English at Mississippi State University.

Free to all, Miller’s presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheater area at the south end of the Old Main Academic Center. A book signing follows the reading. His reading will also be broadcast via WebEx and a link will be available closer to the date of his visit.

Miller will also speak to students in the English Department’s Intermediate Fiction Class, taught by MSU English teacher Becky Hagenston.

Created through an endowment from Widow Alice Carol Caldwell and her family, the Price Caldwell Visiting Writers series serves as a memorial to Price Caldwell, who served for more than 20 years as Associate Professor of English at MSU and is passed away in 2015. He also founded and directed the university’s creative writing program, in addition to being president and vice president of the organization of the Southern Literary Festival.

Miller is the author of two short stories, “Big World” and “Always Happy Hour”, as well as the novels “The Last Days of California” and “Biloxi”. His stories have been published in the Paris Review, Pushcart Prize XLIV, Oxford American, New Stories from the South, Norton’s Seagull Book of Stories, The Best of McSweeney’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review and many more. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is a faculty member of the University of Mississippi’s Masters of Creative Writing Program for Women.

For more information on visiting and reading the Miller Campus, contact Becky Hagenston at [email protected]

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