Ellen Birkett Morris

About Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris is an award-winning journalist whose interviews and reviews have appeared in Authorlink, Prairie Schooner Online, The Louisville Courier-Journal, and reprinted in the reader’s guides to The Receptionist and Clever Girl. Her fiction has appeared in journals including Antioch Review, South Caroline Review, and Notre Dame Review. Ellen is a regular contributor to Authorlink.

Ellen is an avid reader and channeled her love of writing into a career as a journalist before taking up creative writing herself. She has contributed articles to national publications including Cooking Light, www.DrKoop.com, and www.womensenews.org.

Ellen’s creative writing crosses genres. She is the author of Surrender, a poetry chapbook. Her fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in journals including Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, wigleaf, Inscape, The Butter, and Shenandoah.

Ellen loves literary fiction, poetry, essays and mysteries. She seeks to interview authors who write beautifully and have a style that is both evocative and accessible.

“I love the work of writers who present unique characters revealed through quirky, particular details. If the characters are believable, I will follow them anywhere. I am less interested in celebrity books that are a collection of random anecdotes. I am looking for a narrative that takes me somewhere.”
Ellen enjoys hearing about where writers get their ideas for work and about the challenges each new book represents.

“It is an honor to talk to writers who share their creative process and talk about the challenges they have overcome. These kinds of insights help us become better writers and better readers.”

Author Archives for Ellen Birkett Morris

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

Focus on the Work, Advises Fox

October 1, 2015 1:01 am Published by Comments Off on Focus on the Work, Advises Fox

Days of Awe, Lauren Fox, a tale about a woman’s attempt to piece her life together following the death of her best friend.


The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan

Dugan’s Novel Explores Love and Loss

August 31, 2015 6:52 pm Published by Comments Off on Dugan’s Novel Explores Love and Loss

The Sweetheart Deal, Polly Dugan, Little, Brown and Company -- Polly Dugan’s novel THE SWEETHEART DEAL begins with an intriguing premise: What if you promised your best friend that if he died you would marry his wife?


The Poor Children by April L. Ford

How April Ford Found Her Way to THE POOR CHILDREN and Other Dark Tales

August 1, 2015 4:15 am Published by Comments Off on How April Ford Found Her Way to THE POOR CHILDREN and Other Dark Tales

The Poor Children, April L. Ford, Santa Fe Writers Project -- They bit, they kicked, sometimes they pulled out their own hair in such chunks they left hickey-like marks on their scalps that had to be washed and disinfected and covered with gauze.


The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer

Intuition, Imagination Lead the Way for Packer

July 1, 2015 1:00 am Published by Comments Off on Intuition, Imagination Lead the Way for Packer

The Children's Crusade, Ann Packer, Scribner -- From a young age Ann Packer knew what it meant to be a writer. Her mother was a fiction writer and was a professor at Stanford.


Garden for the Blind by Kelly Fordon

Finding Unity Amid Diversity in Garden for the Blind

May 29, 2015 4:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Finding Unity Amid Diversity in Garden for the Blind

An interview with Kelly Fordon, Author of Garden for the Blind (Wayne State University Press, 1 April 2015)--In her collection of linked stories, GARDEN FOR THE BLIND, author Kelly Fordon explores questions of race and privilege through the experiences of Alice Townley, a resident of an affluent suburb outside of Detroit. As the story begins Alice loses her sister to an accident.