Robert Morgan grew up in the Green River valley of western North Carolina, near Hendersonville, on a farm that has been in Morgan’s family since the 1700s. He decided to become a writer while studying engineering and applied mathematics at North Carolina State University, transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to receive his degree in English, and later earned a master of fine arts degree from UNC Greensboro. Morgan has published more than twenty-five books of poetry and fiction, in addition to a 2007 biography of Daniel Boone. His novel Gap Creek won the 2000 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. His most recent book is October Crossing, a poetry collection.
Gap Creek (Simon & Schuster, 1999):
Watch Robert Morgan talk about North Carolina’s rich literary tradition:
Watch Robert Morgan’s acceptance speech at his 2010 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame induction:
Watch Joseph Flora, Atlanta Professor of Southern Culture Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reads Robert Morgan’s “The Day I Fell in Love with the Shoals”:
(Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. October 17, 2010).
(All video clips courtesy of the North Carolina Arts Council)