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General Information

Name:  Ted Morrissey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: in Galesburg, Illinois


Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois, graduating from Galesburg High School in 1980. I worked for a number of years for the Galesburg Register-Mail newspaper. I earned a BS in English education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1984), an MA in English from SIUC (1995), and a Ph. D. in English studies from Illinois State University (2009). I have taught English in various academic settings throughout Illinois, including United Township High School in East Moline (1984-1987); Mt. Vernon Township High School (1987-1998); and Williamsville High School (1998-present). I've been an adjunct instructor in English at Benedictine University Springfield (formerly Springfield College in Illinois) since 1999, and an adjunct lecturer in English at University of Illinois Springfield since 2010. I've lived just north of Springfield, in Sherman, Illinois, since 1998.

Biographical and Professional Information

I am the author of the novel ''Men of Winter'', originally published in 2010 and re-released by Twelve Winters Press in a revised and expanded edition in 2013, the novelette ''Figures in Blue'', released in print from Twelve Winters and digitally from Battered Suitcase Press in 2013, and the novel An ''Untimely Frost'' (Twelve Winters, 2014). My short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including ''Glimmer Train'', ''Paris Transcontinental'', ''The Chariton Review'', ''PANK'', and ''Pisgah Review''. A Ph.D. in English studies from Illinois State University, I’ve also published the monograph ''The Beowulf Poet'' and ''His Real Monsters'' (Mellen, 2013). I’ve had essays on writing and related topics appear in ''Writers Ask'', the ''North American Review'', and ''Slush Pile Magazine''. I teach English in a variety of academic settings, including University of Illinois Springfield.

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-- D. Simon Evans Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in 2013 (Edwin Mellen)