Novelist & Short Story Writer

Ted Morrissey is the author of the novel Men of Winter (2010, re-released 2013), the novelette Figures in Blue,  and, most recently, the novel An Untimely Frost (Twelve Winters).  His short fiction and essays have appeared in more than thirty journals, including Glimmer Train, The Chariton ReviewPANK, Writers Ask and North American Review.  He is also the author of the monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters:  A Trauma-Theory Reading of the Anglo-Saxon Poem (Mellen, 2013).  He holds a PhD in English studies and lives just north of Springfield, Illinois.  A William H. Gass scholar, several of his presentations on Gass’s work are archived at his 12 Winters Blog.

Contact:  jtedmorrissey (at) gmail (dot) com

News: (July 16, 2014) The author’s story “Season of Reaping” will be included in an upcoming issue of Festival Writer. “Season of Reaping” is an especially experimental narrative, combining prose from multiple characters’ points of view, and villanelles embedded in the text of the story. It is part of a series of related stories. Others have appeared or are forthcoming in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review, Constellations, Black Denim Lit, Stone Crowns Magazine, Lavender Wolves Literary Journal and ink&coda.

News: (June 30, 2014) The author’s short story “The Drama of Consonants” will be included in an upcoming issue of ink&coda literary journal. “The Drama of Consonants” is part of a series of related stories. Others have appeared in the Tulane ReviewNoctua ReviewConstellations, and Black Denim Lit, while others are  forthcoming in Stone Crowns Magazine and Lavender Wolves Literary Journal. The stories are set in the same unnamed village and have reoccurring characters, themes and images. Yet each is a unique experiment in narrative style or structure.

News:  (June 28, 2014) The author’s short story “Planes” will be included in an upcoming issue of Lavender Wolves Literary Journal. “Planes” is part of a series of related stories. Others have appeared in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review, Constellations, and Black Denim Lit, while another is forthcoming in Stone Crowns Magazine. The stories are set in the same unnamed village and have reoccurring characters, themes and images. Yet each is a unique experiment in narrative style or structure.

News: The author will be working with local poets Lisa Higgs and Jim Warner to lead a Summer Teen Writing Camp July 7-24. See the website for further details, including registration information.

News: (May 29, 2014) Men of Winter is now available for Nook — and has been reformatted for Kindle as well.

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News: (May 25, 2014) The audiobook edition of Figures in Blue is available from Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes.

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News: (April 23, 2014) The editors of Stone Crowns Magazine have accepted the author’s short story “Erebus” for their winter edition. Stone Crowns publishes young adult literature. “Erebus” is one of the author’s interrelated “village stories,” others of which have appeared in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review, Constellations and (recently) Black Denim Lit.

News: (April 14, 2014) The author’s brief article “The Loss of Intellect” has been posted on North American Review’s blog. It’s an extension of his review of William H. Gass’s novel Middle C based on Gass’s mid-1990s predictions about the effects of technology and the Web on young minds in particular.

News: (March 8, 2014) The author’s short story “Scent of Darkness” is in the March issue of Black Denim Lit. “Scent of Darkness” is part of a series of related stories, others of which have appeared in the Tulane Review, Noctua Review and Constellations.

Black Denim Lit March 2014

News: The author presented his paper “Theory into Praxis: William H. Gass’s Middle C” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 February 20. The paper has been posted at his 12 Winters Blog.

News: (January 7, 2014) The novel An Untimely Frost is available in paperback from Amazon as well as for Kindle, from Barnes & Noble, including for Nook, and from Espresso Book Machine. Visit the Twelve Winters Press site for a complete list of sellers.

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News:  (December 2013) The poem “A Painful Commerce” has been collected in The Muse:  An International Journal of Poetry, volume 1, issue 2, edited by Pradeep Chaswal, Deepak Chaswal and Mohammad Arif.

News: (December 2013) WUIS Public Radio has aired an interview with the author, discussing the novelette Figures in Blue and the forthcoming novel An Untimely Frost, among other topics.  See the Interviews page for others as well.

News: (November 20, 2013) The Kindle edition and Nook edition of Figures in Blue are available from Battered Suitcase Press, and other digital formats are at Smashwords.

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News: (November 18, 2013) North American Review posted “The Psychic Origins of Creativity” on its blog.

News: (October 25, 2013) The novelette Figures in Blue is now available in print through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Espresso Book Machine

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Update: (October 10, 2013) To date, several university libraries have acquired The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters, including Notre Dame University, Duke University, Australian National University, University of South Dakota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Bavarian State Library (Munich), and University of Illinois Springfield.  Research libraries acquiring the ebook include Purdue University, University of Maryland, Pepperdine University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Wisconsin-Eue Claire, College of Western Idaho, University of California-Merced, University of Washington, the State Library of Western Australia, and Loyola Notre Dame University. 

News: (August 2, 2013) Men of Winter, a Revised & Expanded Edition, has been released by Twelve Winters Press and is now available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Espresso Book Machine.  It will soon be available in a variety of formats from multiple sources.  Download a printable flyer.

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News:  (March 12, 2013) The monograph The Beowulf Poet and His Real Monsters was released by Edwin Mellen Press.  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.

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Author photo by Shannon O’Brien

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