A native of Mississippi, Benjamin Morris is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and researcher, whose work appears in the United States and Europe.
He is the author of Coronary (Fitzgerald Letterpress, 2011), and Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A History of the Hub City (History Press, 2014), and the editor or co-editor of four volumes of poetry and fiction. His work appears in such venues as The Oxford American, The Rumpus, The New Orleans Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Guardian, The Weekly Standard, The Scottish Review of Books, and BBC Radio.
Among other honors, he has received a Pushcart nomination, the Academy of American Poets Prize from Duke University, and the Chancellor’s Medal for Poetry from the University of Cambridge, where he earned his Ph.D. His work has received fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission and Tulane University, a residency from A Studio in the Woods, and in 2012, shortlisting for the Crashaw Prize for Poetry from Salt Publishing. Previously a researcher in cultural geography at the Open University and the University of Edinburgh, he is presently a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster.