Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Emerging Meridian Writer

Mary Miller "lived" in Meridian, Mississippi with her husband and puppy (Now she's single and recently moved to Nashville). She graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in Psychology. And she wrote that she was in graduate school and worked, but not very much, at a children’s shelter.

Mary Miller's short story collection, BIG WORLD, was published by Short Flight/Long Drive Books in February 2009. Though previously known mainly for her pitch-perfect flash fiction, Miller's debut collection of full-length short stories is already receiving some wonderful praise. Kim Chinquee notes that, "Big World is a world of wonder. A powerful collection by an amazing writer." Johnathan Messinger adds in his review for Time Out Chicago that the stories construct a "sense of claustrophobia [that] never lets up." HTMLGIANT is unequivocal in praise, stating simply, "I am, without a doubt, profoundly envious of her work: I wish it were mine." Miller's stories have been published in Black Clock, Mississippi Review, Oxford American, and New Stories from the South 2008, among other places, and more stories are forthcoming in such magazines as McSweeney's Quarterly, Opium, and Versal. She is the author of the chapbook Less Shiny and is an associate editor at Quick Fiction.

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