Mary Miller

Location Hattiesburg, MS
Occupation Student/Writer/Teacher
Website http://

About Me

I write short stories and flash, mostly. I'm currently at work on my third novel, hoping it doesn't suck as much as the last two.
My ss collection, Big World, is out now (Short Flight/Long Drive Books) and I have a chapbook of flash, Less Shiny, that might still be available from Magic Helicopter Press. My stories have been published in McSweeney's Quarterly, Versal, New Stories from the South, Black Clock, Mississippi Review, and Oxford American.

Why do you write?

I write because I can't do anything else.
Also, because I like it.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Mary Gaitskill, Susan Minot, Beth Nugent, Walker Percy, Denis Johnson, Amy Hempel, Lynda Barry, Larry Brown, Donna Tartt, and many, many others.

Mary Miller's Wall

billy robinson – Dec 22, 2010

love, love, love this story! (As well as so many of your other stories.)

Corey Zeller – Oct 10, 2009

Hey's life been since Big World came out?

j. lin – Aug 02, 2009

Thanks for the invite, Mary, btw.

Marcy Dermansky – Jun 10, 2009

Hey, Mary. I can be a serious dumb ass, the most careless writer on the planet - or that's how it feels. For wall comment number three: I meant Roy Kesey. I don't think they are related, these two writers. Roy is on Fictionaut. Red Velvet cake is the thing, isn't it?

John Minichillo – Jun 10, 2009

hey, you two share a birthday!!

Ken Kesey, he dead.

John Minichillo – Jun 10, 2009

Marcy Dermansky – Jun 09, 2009

Did you figure out that I wrote you a note from Fictionaut founder Jurgen's Fauth's computer.

Happy Birthday, Mary. It's also the birthday of writer Ken Kesey. He's getting all sorts of greetings on Facebook...

Hope you have a lovely day. I feel like I am in for a good one.


J├╝rgen Fauth – Jun 07, 2009

We also share a birthday with Natalie Portman. I like how all the calendars I see on walls say June 09 as if the whole month is about our birthday. Hope you have a happy one, too!

please delete my account – May 29, 2009

Rachel Yoder has me read stories from Big World, and then we discuss. We agree that the stories in Big World are awesome stories. Feel better having got that off my chest.

Darryl Price – May 01, 2009

I'm a fan!

Daniel Crocker – Mar 19, 2009

thanks, woman

Gail Siegel – Mar 06, 2009

Mary, I am reading Big World right now, as the nurses walk to and fro outside my husband's hospital room, medical machines beeping their alarms in the background. It's a terrific book, and I love that it's transporting me far from here.

R. Mangla – Feb 28, 2009

haha - it's my most prized possession. good material too. i should probably make more and sell them out of the trunk of my car.

Rachel Yoder – Feb 25, 2009

Mary Miller! Nice to meet you, too, at AWP. And as for your book, "forcing it" on people has not been difficult. Once they read one line, they are in... I plan to use this tactic--"Hey, just read this one line..."--to lure more people into the stories, so that I will have more people with whom to discuss them. It's a beautiful system I have.

And have I mentioned that I love your stories? I mean, more than three thousand times? Well, I do!

Marcy Dermansky – Feb 24, 2009

Thanks for the congrats. We have the same birthday!

Brandon Hobson – Feb 01, 2009

Very, very nice.

David Erlewine – Dec 25, 2008

You know I'm a huge fan, have been ever since reading your work on Zoe about five-six years ago. I knew I could spot talent! You and Randall Brown were the two authors that kept me coming back to the flash/ss boards!

David Erlewine – Dec 25, 2008

Hi Mary!

John Minichillo – Dec 05, 2008

yeah, Hattiesburg!

Colin Bassett – Dec 01, 2008

Just ordered Less Shiny and am looking forward to it very much.

Myfanwy Collins – Nov 25, 2008

It has been a while, Mary! How is school? I want to hear all about it. I hope you love it very much.

Corey Zeller – Nov 21, 2008

Hi Mary.

I really liked both of your stories.

Hope you're doing well.

barry graham – Nov 09, 2008

here's an emoticon i should have known before last week, but didnt.


Daniel Crocker – Nov 06, 2008

Thanks. I wrote that on my own wall, which is probably not how walls work. That's why I have no facebook--that wall and all those applications and what not. It's just chaos.

barry graham – Sep 30, 2008

mary - just read through all the pieces in the new hobart. yours is my favorite. great stuff.

Meg Pokrass – Sep 26, 2008

& &

barry graham – Sep 07, 2008


this is the cindy crawford :.)

Meg Pokrass – Sep 06, 2008

I do! <(*^*)> , <(*u*)>, <(*&*)> (various pig expressions - from my daughter! : ( :O :D (in order, sad, surprised, joyous)

Mary Miller – Sep 06, 2008

I can't even do that one.
I haven't heard of fictionaut until today! Everyone's already here! lol.

Myfanwy Collins – Sep 06, 2008

hi Mary!

Scott Garson – Sep 06, 2008

hi mary!

i'm going to do an emoticon now. this is the only one i know. i tried it in an email w/ Cooper and either he was embarrassed for me or it worked.


do you know any others?

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