photo by David G. Spielman

A native of Mississippi, Benjamin Morris is a poet, writer, and researcher whose work appears in the United States and Europe.

He is the author of Coronary (Fitzgerald Letterpress, 2011), Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A History of the Hub City (History Press, 2014), and Ecotone (Antenna/Press Street Press, 2017), and the editor or co-editor of four volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His writing appears in such venues as The Oxford American, The Southern Review, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Guardian, The Weekly Standard, The Scottish Review of Books, and on 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 two Literary Arts Fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission, academic and creative fellowships from Tulane University, and a residency from A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans. Previously a researcher in cultural geography at the Open University and the University of Edinburgh, he is a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster.

He can be found here, or, occasionally, here.