Ted Morrissey is the author of the novel Men of Winter (2010), and the forthcoming novelette Figures in Blue (Battered Suitcase Press). His short fiction has appeared in nearly twenty journals, including Glimmer Train, The Chariton Review, and PANK. He is also the author of the monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters: A Trauma-Theory Reading of the Anglo-Saxon Poem (Edwin Mellen Press, 2013). He holds a PhD in English studies and lives just north of Springfield, Illinois.
Contact: jtedmorrissey (at) gmail (dot) com
News: The monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters was released by Edwin Mellen Press in mid-March. It is the first time that the postmodern critical model of trauma theory has been used to gain insight into the classic Old English poem. The book is available in various formats, and scholarly journals may request free copies for review. Please see the monograph’s page for further details.
Update: Edwin Mellen Press awarded the monograph the D. Simon Evans Prize for distinguished scholarship–the Press’s highest honor.
Men of Winter
Men of Winter will be available later this year in a revised and expanded edition from Twelve Winters Press.
See Men of Winter page for further information.
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Listen to the first chapter, read by the author.
Men of Winter (Punkin House, 2010) — publisher has gone out of business, and the print version of the novel is unavailable.
“In Men of Winter, Ted Morrissey takes us into a physical landscape and literary territory that recalls the great Russian writers. But make no mistake: this is not merely homage. It is a modern tale. . . .”
—Adam Braver, author of November 22, 1963 and Crows over the Wheatfield
“Calling equally to mind Tolstoy and Homer, Men of Winter is an engrossing odyssey along the edge of the world. . . .”
—M. R. Branwen, editor of Slush Pile Magazine
“Men of Winter is a complex narrative exploring the poignant themes of love, loss, suffering, and hope.”
—Dan Guillory, author of The Lincoln Poems and People and Places in the Land of Lincoln
“Men of Winter is quite possibly a war story destined to be a cool classic . . . a chillingly weird nightmare of death that you never want to bury.”
—Ricardo Cortez Cruz, author of Straight Outta Compton and Five Days of Bleeding
Excerpt from Men of Winter (Slush Pile Magazine #1)
Excerpt from Men of Winter (The Sleepy Weasel #9)
Short Stories (partial list)
“Beside Running Waters” (Constellations, fall 2012)
“Crowsong for the Stricken” (Noctua Review, spring 2012)
“Primitive Scent” (Tulane Review, fall 2011)
“Melvill in the Marquesas” (The Final Draft, fall 2010) — an excerpt from the novella Weeping with an Ancient God, archived here
“The Composure of Death” (Pisgah Review 5.2)
“Walkin’ the Dog” (Spilling Ink Review #1)
“Unnatural Deeds” (Leaf Garden #8) — download pdf version or purchase print copy from lulu.com
“Missing the Earth” (Oak Bend Review, March/April 2009) — download pdf version or purchase print copy from lulu.com
“Missing the Earth” was a Top 25 Finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open, winter 2004/2005
“A Wintering Place” (Eleven Eleven #6)
“An Alabaster Moon” (PANK #3)
“Communion with the Dead” (The Chariton Review 31.2)
“In a Strange City” (Eureka Literary Magazine 11.1)
“When the Night Is New” (A Summer’s Reading, 2002) — self-published
“Fische Stories” (Glimmer Train Stories #43)
“Mix” (Paris Transcontinental #15)
“Chinko” (Chiricu 7.1)
“Researching the Rhythms of Voice” (Glimmer Train Press’s Writers Ask #54)
“Painful Commerce” (The Muse: International Journal of Poetry #1.2)
“Twitterpation Nation” (Slush Pile Magazine #7)
12 Winters Blog (Ted Morrissey’s journal of his reading and writing life)
Pathfinding: a blog devoted to helping new writers find outlets for their work (Punkin House author’s blog)
“Your blog overflows with outstanding information for every writer. It’s impressive.”
– Jeremy Benson, literary magazine review editor, NewPages.com
The author’s listing at Poets & Writers
The author’s site at Red Room
The author’s listing at Illinois Center for the Book
The author’s Fan Page on Facebook
Follow Ted Morrissey on Twitter
Author photo by Shannon O’Brien