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Ellen Birkett Morris

Author's Bio

Ellen Birkett Morris writes poetry, fiction and short plays from her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Morris is the author of Surrender (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in Thin Air Magazine, The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, Alimentum, Gastronomica, and Inscape. Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Rita Dove Poetry Prize. Her poem, Origins, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her fiction has been published in Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, wigleaf, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Paradigm. Her story “The Cycle of Life and Other Incidentals” was selected as a finalist in the Glimmer Train Press Family Matters short story competition. Her story “Religion” is nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Morris’s play, Fool Me Once, appeared in Plays, The Drama Magazine for Young People. Her ten-minute play, Lost Girls, was a finalist for the 2008 Heideman Award given by Actors Theatre. Lost Girls received a staged reading at Cincinnati’s Arnoff Center. She has contributed articles to national publications including Cooking Light, www.DrKoop.com, and www.womensenews.org. Her essays can be found in trade paperback books including Hidden Kitchens, Nesting: It’s a Chick Thing, and The Writing Group Book and on public radio. Morris has attended the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar and has an MFA from the Queens University-Charlotte low residency program. She has received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship for her fiction given by the Kentucky Arts Council. She works as a public relations consultant and writes regularly for www.authorlink.com.

Publications and Prizes

Surrender (Finishing Line Press, 2012)
Hidden Kitchens (Rodale, 2006), Nesting: Its a Chick Thing (Workman Publishing, 2004), The Writing Group Book (Chicago Review Press, 2003)
Alimentum, Antioch Review, Binnacle, Blast Furnace, Centrifugal Eye, Clapboard House, Gastronomica, Heartland Review, Mindprints, Nano Fiction, Notre Dame Review, Paradigm, Pedestal Magazine, Plays, Qarrtsiluni, Ruminate, Salt River Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, The Rambler, The South Carolina Review, Thin Air Magazine, Turtle Quarterly
Top Poetry Prize for The Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, An Improvised Life by Alan Arkin, Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
Favorite Authors:
Ann Patchett Elizabeth Strout Michael Ondante

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Listing last updated: May 28, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Buddhist, Caucasian, Feminist
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Seniors
Born in:
Louisville, KY
Raised in:
Louisville, KY

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