Alyson Hagy grew up on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She graduated from Williams College, where she twice won the Benjamin Wainwright Prize for her fiction. She went on to earn an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she was awarded a Hopwood Prize in Short Fiction and a Roy Cowden Fellowship. Hagy’s first collection of fiction, Madonna on her Back, was published by Stuart Wright in 1986.
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