Gwendolyn Morgan


Portland, OR
Oregon US

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 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, is a Nautilus Silver Winner in Poetry. Flight Feathers, her fourth book of poetry, was published through Wayfarer Books, is a Nautilus God Winner in Lyric Prose and hybrid works.  All of her books are available via Homebound Publications.  She served as the Clark County Poet Laureate, Washington 2018-2020.   Gwendolyn and her spouse Judy A. Rose share their home, music and woodland walks with Naomi, a rescued Cardigan Corgi & Chesapeake Retriever mix. 

Publications & Prizes

Flight Feathers (Wayfarer Books, 2022)
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 Gold, Lyric Prose & hybrid works (2023)

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 * Naomi Shihab Nye * Ursula LeGuin * Madeleine L'Engle
What I'm reading now: 
A Council of Dolls by Mona Susan Power, Cascadia Field Guide by ed. by Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman, and Derek Sheffield, The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, Afterlife by Julia Alvarez, Martita, te recuerdo by Sandra Cisneros, The Radiant Lives of Animals by Linda Hogan, When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, Just Us by Claudia Rankine, Violeta by Isabel Allende, World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia, A History of Kindness by Linda Hogan , The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, A Light To Do Shellwork By by Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez, Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng, Listen, we all bleed by Mandy-Suzanne Wong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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Last update: Aug 27, 2023