Gwendolyn Morgan


P.O. Box 61668
Vancouver, WA 98666

Author's Bio

Gwendolyn Morgan is a Northwest poet and artist. She learned the names of birds and wildflowers and inherited paint brushes and wooden paint boxes from her grandmothers. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union. She is grateful for a Centrum Winter 2020 Artist Residency.   She has been a recipient of artist and writing residencies at Artsmith, Caldera, Centrum, Into the Depths of Winter, and Soapstone. Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea, her first book of poems, was a winner of the Wild Earth Poetry Prize, Hiraeth Press. Snowy Owls, Egrets and Unexpected Graces, is a Nautilus Gold Winner in Poetry and a Foreward Indies Book of the Year Finalist in the Nature Category. Before the Sun Rises, her third book of poetry, was released June 2019 from Homebound Publications and is a Nautilus Silver Winner in Poetry. She served as the Clark County Poet Laureate, Washington 2018-2020.   Gwendolyn and her spouse Judy A. Rose share their home, music and creekside walks with Naomi, a rescued Cardigan Corgi & Chesapeake Retriever mix. 

Publications & Prizes

Before the Sun Rises (Homebound Publications, 2019)
Snowy Owls, Egrets, & Unexpected Graces (Homebound Publications, 2016)
Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea (Homebound Publications, 2013)
Prizes won: 

Nautilus Silver, Poetry Book Award Winner (2019)

Forward Indies Book of the Year Finalist, Nature Writing (2017)

Nautilus Gold, Poetry Book Award Winner (2017)

Wild Earth Poetry Prize, Hiraeth Press (2013)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
* Leslie Marmon Silko * dg nanouk okpik * Josefina de la Torre * María Isabel Lara Millapán * Julia Alvarez * Ana Castillo * Jane Hirshfield * Barbara Kingsolver * Louise Erdrich * Ursula LeGuin * Madeleine L'Engle
What I'm reading now: 
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by ed. by Joy Harjo, Leanne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster and contributing editors, Afterlife by Julia Alvarez, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser, The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, Just Us by Claudia Rankine, The Undocumented Americans by Karla Corenjo Villavicencio, A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende, Vesper Flights by Helen McDonald, The Radiant Lives of Animals by Linda Hogan, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush, World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

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Last update: Jul 31, 2021