Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris is an award-winning, multi-genre writer, teacher and editor based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Morris is the author of the forthcoming short story collection Lost Girls (TouchPoint Press) and of Surrender (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in Thin Air Magazine, The Clackamas Literary ReviewJukedAlimentumGastronomica,3Elements Review and Inscape, among other journals.  Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Rita Dove Poetry Prize. 

Her fiction has appeared in ShenandoahAntioch ReviewNotre Dame ReviewSouth Carolina ReviewSliver of StoneGreat Jones StreetSanta Fe Literary Review, andUpstreet, among other journals. She is the 2015 winner of the Bevel Summers Prize for her story “May Apples" and the Betty Gabehart Prize for Fiction. Morris is a recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council in support of her fiction. She teaches at The Loft Literary Center and was on the faculty of the 2018 Antioch Writers Summer Workshop. Morris has an MFA from Queens University-Charlotte.