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Department of English:
Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel. (607) 255-3503
Fax (607) 255-6661
1608 Hanshaw Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel. (607) 257-3416
October 3, 1944, Hendersonville, North Carolina
Honorary Doctor of Letters, UNC Chapel Hill, 2006
MFA, UNC Greensboro, 1968
BA in English, UNC Chapel Hill, 1965
Married, three children
Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Visiting Writer, Appalachian State University, Fall 2007
Whichard Professor, East Carolina University, Spring 2005
Visting Professor, Duke University, Spring 2004
Writer-in-Residence, Furman University, Spring 2004
Blackburn Visiting Writer, Duke University, Spring 2003
Visiting Writer, Furman University, Winter 2002
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Writing, Appalachian State University, Fall 2000
McGee Visiting Writer, Davidson College, Spring 1998
Kappa Alpha Professor of English, Cornell University 1992-
Professor of English, Cornell University 1984-92
Associate professor, Cornell University 1978-84
Assistant Professor, Cornell University 1973-78
Lecturer in English, Cornell University 1971-73
Self-employed writer, farmer, housepainter 1969-71
Instructor in English, Salem College 1968-69
Teaching Assistant, UNC-Greensboro 1967-68
The Road From Gap Creek. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2013.
Lions of the West. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2011.
Terroir: Poems. Penguin. 2011.
October Crossing. Broadstone Books. 2009.
Boone: A Biography. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2007
The Strange Attractor: New and Selected Poems. LSU Press. 2004
Brave Enemies. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2003
This Rock. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2001
Topsoil Road: Poems. LSU Press. 2000
The Balm of Gilead Tree and Other Stories. Gnomon Press. 1999
Gap Creek. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 1999.
The Hinterlands. paperback. Blair Publishers. 1999
The Truest Pleasure. paperback. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 1998
Wild Peavines: New Poems. Gnomon Press. 1996
The Truest Pleasure. Algonquin Books. 1995
The Hinterlands. Algonquin Books. 1994
Good Measure: Essays and Interviews on Poetry. Louisiana State University Press. 1993
The Mountains Won't Remember Us. Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. 1992
Green River. New and Selected Poems. Wesleyan University Press. 1991
Sigodlin. Wesleyan University Press. 1990
The Blue Valleys: Stories. Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. 1989
At the Edge of the Orchard Country. Wesleyan University Press. 1987
Bronze Age. Iron Mountain Press. 1981
Groundwork. Gnomon Press. 1979
Trunk & Thicket. L'Epervier Press. 1978
Land Diving. LSU Press. 1976
Red Owl. W.W. Norton. 1972
The Voice in the Crosshairs. Angelfish Press. 1971
Zirconia Poems. Lillabulero Press. 1969
Recent poems have appeared in magazines such as Poetry, Paris Review, Antaeus, The Atlantic, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and in many anthologies, including A Geography of Poets, The Generation of 2000, The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, Strong Measures, Western Wind, Bedford Introduction to Literature, Bedford Introduction to Poetry, Approaching Poetry, and The Book of Luminous Things. Essays and articles on poetry have been published in Epoch, Parnassus, The Nation, Bluefish, American Poetry Review, and Poetry Pilot; short stories in Greensboro Review, Southern Review, Epoch, St. Andrews Review, and many other magazines; and a craft interview included in the Brockport Writers Forum video series.
Volume of essays forthcoming from McFarland Publishers.
Graves, Jesse. “The More Mysterious: An Interview with Robert Morgan.” The Georgia Review. (Spring 2012) 65-87.
Booker-Canfield, Suzanne. “‘The Rush Toward the Horizon’: The Geography of Land and Language in Robert Morgan’s Recent Poetry.” Southern Quarterly. (Spring 2010) 36-44.
Denham, Robert D. “‘Service is Also Praise’: Recognition in Robert Morgan’s The Truest Pleasure.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 129-141.
Drewitz-Crockett, Nicole. “Authority, Details, and Intimacy: Southern Appalachian Women in Robert Morgan’s Family Novels.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 117-128.
Eads, Martha Greene. “Feminist Forgiveness in Robert Morgan’s ‘The Trace’.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 151-161.
Gilbert, Roger. “Sea and Mountains, Motion and Measure: The Complementary Poetics of A. R. Ammons and Robert Morgan.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 71-90.
Graves, Jesse. “Editor’s Introduction.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 6-11.
Grimes, Larry. “Echoes and Influences: A Comparative Study of Short Fiction by Ernest Hemingway and Robert Morgan.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 98-116.
Harmon, William. “Robert Morgan’s ‘Mockingbird’ in Company.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 61-70.
Johnson, Don. “Robert Morgan’s Alchemy.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 45-52.
Lang, John. “Robert Morgan: ‘Mountains Speak in Tongues’.” Six Poets of the Mountain South. Louisiana State University Press (2010) 73-98.
Liotta, P. H. “Robert Morgan: Genius as Music.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 182-188.
Marion, Jeff Daniel. “Specimen Days: Looking Back (with photographs).” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 162-178.
Rash, Tom. “The Poetry of Robert Morgan: An Appreciation.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 53-60.
Shurbutt, Sylvia Bailey.”Robert Morgan’s Peripheral Vision: ‘the point beside the point’ in The Hinterlands.” North Carolina Literary Review (2010) 30-43.
West, Robert. “‘Here’s the church, Here’s the Steeple’: Robert Morgan, Philip Larkin, and the Emptiness of Sacred Space.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 91-97.
Wilhelm, Randall Shawn. “Bricking the Text: The Builder in Robert Morgan’s Mountain World.” Southern Quarterly (Spring 2010) 142-150.
Lang, John. “Coming Out From Under Calvinism: Religious Motifs in Robert Morgan’s Poetry.” In An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature. Ohio University Press (2005) 30-43.
Booker-Canfield, Suzanne. “Middle Sea: Robert Morgan and a New American Romanticism.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 71-76.
Banks, Russell. “Bob Morgan at Chapel Hill.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 82-84.
Buchanan, Harriette C. “Changing Contexts, Changing Textures: Robert Morgan’s ‘Murals” Over Its Publication History.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 28-36.
Godwin (Smith), Rebecca. “The Elemental in The Truest Pleasure and Gap Creek: Nature as Physical Force and Spiritual Metaphor.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (203) 37-46.
Lang, John. “Speaking Charmed Syllables: the Two-Fold Vision of Topsoil Road.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 16-21.
Murrell, Duncan. “Robert Morgan Speech: Facing Down Fear.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 22-27.
Smith, Newton. “Going Back to the Mountains From Topsoil Road: A Retrospective Look at Robert Morgan’s Poetry.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 55-64.
Villiers, Regina. “Women in Robert Morgan’s Short Fiction: A Study of The Blue Valleys and The Mountains Won’t Remember Us.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 65-70.
Waage, Fred. “In the Non-Euclidean Mountains of Robert Morgan’s Poetry.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 47-54.
West, Robert. “A Study in Sharpening Contrasts: Robert Morgan and the Distinction Between Prose and Poetry.” Pembroke Magazine 35 (2003) 77-81.
Conway, Cecelia. “Robert Morgan’s Mountain Voice and Lucid Prose.” Appalachian Journal (Fall 2001/Winter 2002) 180-199.
Lang, John. "Coming Out From Under Calvinism: Religious Motifs in Robert Morgan's Poetry." Shenandoah. Fall 1992.
Jones, Roger E. "Robert Morgan 1944-" Contemporary Authors. DLB. Gale Research. Vol. 120. 1992. 213-219.
"Robert Morgan 1944-" Contemporary Authors: Autobiography Series. Gale Research. Vol. 20. 257-289.
Mcfee, Michael. “The Witness of Many Writings: Robert Morgan’s Poetry Career.” The Iron Mountain Review (Spring 1990) 17-23.
Marion, Stephen. “Morgan’s Travels.” The Iron Mountain Review (Spring 1990) 24-25.
Williams, Mary C. “The Toolshed, the Feed Room, and the Potato Hole: Places in Robert Morgan’s Poetry.” The Iron Mountain Review (Spring 1990) 26-30.
"Pieces of the Morgenland: The Recent Achievements in Robert Morgan's Poetry." P.H Liotta. Southern Literary Journal. Spring 1990. pp. 1-9.
Kooser, Ted. “At the Edge of the Orchard Country.” Prairie Schooner (Summer 1989) 126-129.
Liotta, P. H. “Pieces of the Morgenland” The Recent Achievements in Robert Morgan’s Poetry.” Southern Literary Journal (Fall 1989) 32-40.
Quillen, Rita. Looking For Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry. Appalachian Consortium Press (1989) 49-62.
Schultz, Robert. “Recovering Pieces of the Morgenland.” Virginia Quarterly Review 64 (Winter 1988) 176-188.
Booker, Suzanne. "A Conversation with Robert Morgan.” Carolina Quarterly. Spring 1985. 13-22.
Miller, Jim Wayne. "Groundwork." McGill Literary Annual. 1981. 388-390.
Harmon, William. "Robert Morgan's Pelagian Georgics: Twelve Essays." Parnassus. Fall/Winter 1981. 5-30.
Matthews, William. "Land Diving." Meridian. One. 8-10.
"Robert Morgan: A Bibliographical Chronicle, 1963-1981." Stuart Wright. Bulletin of Bibliography. Vol. 39. No. 3. 121-131.
Harmon, William. “Robert Morgan’s Pelagian Georgics: Twelve Essays.” Parnassus 9 (Fall/Winter 1981) 5-30.
Matthews, William. “Some Notes on Robert Morgan’s Poetry.” The Small Farm 4/5 (Spring 1977) 88-92.
Bourne, Louis. “On Metaphor and Its Use in the Poetry of Robert Morgan.” The Small Farm 3 (Spring 1976) 63-79.
Chappell, Fred. “A Prospect Newly Necessary.” The Small Farm 3 (Spring 1976) 49-53.
Merod, J. B. “Robert Morgan’s ‘Wisdom-lighted Islands’.” The Small Farm 3 (Spring 1976) 54-62.
Grants and Awards:
Hobson Award, Chowan University, 2011.
Inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, 2010.
R. Hunt Parker Award, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, November 2007.
Academy Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, May 2007.
Appalachian Heritage Award and Residency, Shepherd , 2003.
Gap Creek received the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for 2000, and was selected as a Notable Book by The New York Times. It was an Oprah Book Club selection for January 2000, and a New York Times Bestseller. The Association of Appalachian Writers named it Book of the Year for 2000.
The Truest Pleasure was selected as a New York Times Notable Book.
The Truest Pleasure was first runner-up for The Southern Book Critics Circle Award.
The Truest Pleasure was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the outstanding books of 1995.
Fellow, Cornell Society for the Humanities, Fall 1992.
North Carolina Award in Literature, 1991.
James G. Hanes Poetry Prize Fellowship of Southern Writers, 1991.
The Blue Valleys nominated for First Fiction Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Fellowship at Bellagio Conference Center, 1989.
Greensboro Review Amon Liner Poetry Prize, 1989.
Jacaranda Review Fiction Prize, 1988.
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1988-89.
Hawthornden Fellow in Poetry, International Writers Retreat, Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, 1986.
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1986.
Eunice Tietjens Prize, Poetry, 1979.
Southern Poetry Review Prize, 1975.
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, 1968, 1974, 1982, 1987.
Courses taught at Cornell:
Introductory creative writing, poetry workshop, narrative writing, senior honors seminar in creative writing, graduate workshop in poetry, undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th century American poetry, Whitman and Dickinson, Frost, Eliot and Stevens, contemporary British and American poetry, American Short Story, Emerson and Poe.
Poetry readings and lectures at many colleges and universities, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Wells, UNC-Greensboro, Carson-Newman, Louisiana State, Washington University, Wesleyan, Furman, UNC-Asheville, Emory and Henry, SUNY-Binghamton and Brockport, Duke, Hawaii, Stanford
University, Oxford University, as well as the Guggenheim Museum,
Manhattan Theatre Club, Poetry Society of America, and American
Academy in Rome.
Service at Cornell:
Acting Chair, 1985, 1986-87.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 1980-81, 1984-85.
Curriculum Committee, 1975-78, Chair 1980-81, 84-85.
Editor for Epoch, 1971-75.
Creative Writing Committee, 1971-, Chair 1982.