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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joe Richard Morgan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1934 in Leicester, North Carolina


-- Joe Richard Morgan on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=joe+richard+morgan


Illinois Connection

Joe attended Wheaton College and then taught on the west side of chicago for over 35 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Becoming an author was not his original plan, although more people now know of Morgan's talents because not only is he a writing instructor with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute but because he just won the annual SunSations writing contest with his entry “On the Road,” published in the March issue of SunSations.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Potato Branch : Sketches of Mountain Memories
ISBN: 0914875507

Bright Mountain Books (Ridgetop Books). 2007

In this collection of poignant and richly detailed stories, Joe Morgan reveals the wonders and realities of growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930s and 40s. With neighbors and family so well characterized you d think they were your own, Joe shows us the heart of Appalachian life in a place called Potato Branch.

Into the Chilling Water
ISBN: 0914875515

Bright Mountain Books (Ridgetop Books). 2007

Like Joe Morgan s Potato Branch, this collection of richly detailed stories reveals more of the wonders and realities of growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1930s and 40s. We meet again some old friends, along with new folks so well characterized you d think they were your own friends and family in the heart of Appalachia.


Speaking Engagements

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