A native of the North Carolina mountains, Robert Morgan was born in Hendersonville, and raised on land settled by his Welsh ancestors. He currently lives in Freeville, NY and teaches at Cornell University.
Since 1969, Morgan has published four books of fiction, including The Hinterlands (1994) and The Truest Pleasure (1995) named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable. He has published nine volumes of poetry and has published poems in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Carolina Quarterly and The New England Review.
Additional awards and honors include four NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the James G. Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Jacaranda Review Fiction Prize, and inclusion in New Stories From The South and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.