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Laura Leigh Morris

Laura Leigh Morris is the author of The Stone Catchers: A Novel (UP Kentucky, August 2024) and Jaws of Life: Stories (West Virginia UP, 2018). She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches creative writing and literature at Furman University. Before that, she spent three years as the National Endowment for the Arts/Bureau of Prisons Artist-in-Residence at Bryan Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas. She’s previously published short fiction in STORY Magazine, North American Review: Open Space, JMWW, Laurel Review, Redivider, and other journals and anthologies.


Originally from north central West Virginia, most of her fiction is set there. From the landscape to the rich variety of people to the long history of resource extraction, the region serves as a rich backdrop to both her life and her stories.

She is currently working on a new novel and a collection of short stories that she thinks of as uncanny domestics.

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