About

MaryTroy9As well as the new novel, Swimming on Hwy N, Mary Troy is the author of the novel, Beauties, winner of the USA Book Award, and finalist for Forewords Book of the Year Award. Her previous three books are collections of short stories. Cookie Lily won the Devil’s Kitchen Award for best book of prose published in 2004; The Alibi Café and other stories earned a glowing review in the New York Times; and Joe Baker Is Dead was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner and other awards. A short story, “Do You Believe In The Chicken Hanger?,” won a Nelson Algren award, and her stories and essays have appeared in many anthologies. Mary’s MFA degree is from the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing.

Mary teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she also edits Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature.

Books: Swimming on Hwy N (Moon City Press, 2016) Beauties, a novel (BkMk, 2010); Cookie Lily, a collection of short stories (SMU Press, 2004); The Alibi Café and other stories, a collection of short stories (BkMk Press, 2003); Joe Baker is Dead, a collection of short stories (U of MO Press, 1998)

Read an UM-St. Louis story about Swimming on Hwy N

Hear Mary interviewed in Writers on Writing, a podcast by Orange County NPR, hosted by Marie Stone. 

Journal Publications: Many dozens in such journals as New Letters, Arkansas Review, North American Review, River Styx, Echo Ink, Sou’wester, Boulevard, American Literary Review, American Fiction, Chicago Tribune.

Anthology Publications: Under the Arch, St. Louis Writers; Honolulu Stories, Two Centuries of Writing, American Fiction, number 2 and number 3, In The Middle of the Middle West

Non-Fiction Publications: Riverfront Times, Echo Ink, Center For Literary Studies, In The Middle of the Middle West