Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series 2022: Fiction Writer, Poet and Biographer Robert Morgan


Presented by Sandra Ballard, editor, APPALACHIAN REVIEW

Originally from Hendersonville, Robert Morgan is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, the most recent of which Terroir and dark energy. He has also published nine volumes of fiction, including Gap Creeka New York Times bestseller and an Oprah Book Club selection. A sequel to Gap Creek, The Gap Creek Roadwas published in 2013. A new novel, Chasing the North Starwas published in 2015. Additionally, he is the author of three non-fiction books, Good measure: Essays, interviews and notes on poetry; Boone: A Biography; and Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Western Expansion, 2011. He received the James G. Hanes Prize for Poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Oscar for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2013, he was awarded the DAR History Prize Medal. A recipient of grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Arts Council, he has been a guest writer at Davidson College, Furman, Duke, Appalachian State, and East Carolina universities. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, he was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. Morgan has taught since 1971 at Cornell University, where he is the Kappa Alpha Professor of English. At Cornell, he taught courses in American Literature, Modern Poetry, Autobiography, and Poetry and Fiction Writing. At Appalachian State, he taught two semester courses as writer-in-residence and was the most frequent guest author in the 30-plus years of the guest writer series.

A virtual reading of his “Judaculla Rock” story (available until May 10, 2022):

Robert Morgan Library Guide