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Bill Morgan

Born: 1940 in Atlanta, Georgia
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Morgan has lived in Normal, Illinois since the early 70's.

Biography: Bill Morgan was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has lived in Tennessee, Indiana, New York, and Normal, Illinois. He has published two print chapbooks of poems, ''Trackings: The Body's Memory, the Heart's Fiction'' and ''Sky with Six Geese'', one e-chapbook, ''Spare Parts and Whole Poems in Various Shapes and Sizes'', as well as numbers of individual poems in journals. For a long time he could be sighted in the halls, classrooms, and offices of the English Department at Illinois State University. Under his other name, William W. Morgan, he taught Victorian Literature and wrote scholarly studies of Thomas Hardy and other poets. Now retired from teaching, he is Poetry Editor for The Hardy Review and co-produces Poetry Radio for WGLT, the NPR affiliate in Normal, Illinois (

  • -- ''Carnal Knowledge'' (poem), Sow's Ear Prize
  • -- ''Trackings

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Bill Morgan on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

The art of salvage /
ISBN: 0997404108 OCLC: 948734580

"Bill Morgan's debut poetry collection, THE ART OF SALVAGE, finds value- sometimes even treasure and joy- in unpromising materials. Exploring themes including sexuality and the aging body, the beautiful and jarring intricacies to be found in unlikely corners of the natural world (especially the poet's Central Illinois home), and the vein of gold running amid the quotidian, Morgan attempts "to salvage poems from the detritus of the day." But this gold is not easily reclaimed. Salvage demands the poet's trained eye to earn wisdom from loss or recoup delight from a moment's mindfulness. Morgan's poems insist on an honest reckoning and prove what we salvage is never simple or automatic: it is a tireless endeavor of body, mind, and spirit leading to hard-won rewards." --