Tony Morris 

Tony Morris was born in North Carolina, and spent his childhood years in the Appalachia Mountains of North Georgia and Eastern Kentucky. Much of his poetry and fiction reflects this region's influence on his imagination. He moved to California in his early teens, then headed back to North Carolina in his early twenties. Until his mid-thirties, Morris worked a series of odd jobs (bicycle repairman, window glazier, encyclopedia salesman) and ended up spending the last ten years before he started writing as a machine operator in a paper factory.

In 1992, Morris quit the factory job, started to college, and found a life in journalism. He began writing poetry in 1995, and decided to apply to a writing program to give himself more time to work on his creative writing. He earned a Ph.D. in English from Florida State University, and currently works at Armstrong-Atlantic State University, in Savannah, GA where he teaches composition and journalism courses, and works as the managing editor of Southern Poetry Review.

Morris's first book of poems, Fugue's End won the 2004 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award, and was published by Birch Brook Press in September, 2004. His most recent book, Back to Cain, was published by The Olive Press in October, 2005. Morris's poems have been awarded the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, and the Tennessee Writers Alliance Poetry Award, and have been published in over fifty national journals, including: Spoon River Review, Hawai'i Review, Southern Poetry Review, River Styx, Meridian, The Sewanee Theological Review, South Dakota Review, Potomac Review, and many others.
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