Morgan Kayser is a writer of fiction and occasionally nonfiction, though she much prefers making things up to telling the truth. In fact, this entire bio could be a lie.

Though she was born in Boston and her family is from New York, Morgan is strongly influenced by ~15 formative years spent living in Georgia and north Florida. Most of her stories are set in the oppressive heat and sinister magic of the American south and often focus on the strange paradox of women’s strength, sexuality, and suppression. Morgan’s work also deals a lot with that awful and absurd umbrella term “reproductive health,” inspired by both her family’s widespread suffering due to the NBN cancer gene and her own struggle with endometriosis. She’s currently working on two larger projects (one the beginning of a fantasy series and the other a literary novel) and a handful of short stories. Her work has won the Turow-Kinder Award and has appeared in HippocampusTriQuarterlyOutlook Springs, The Yearbook Office, and The Molotov Cocktail.

Morgan is the Residential Program Director of the extraordinary University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop, of which she is a very proud alum. She’s taught creative writing, professional writing, writing in advertising, and composition to high school students, college students, and nontraditional continuing education students, most recently at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her MFA in Fiction in 2016. Morgan earned her BA in Creative Writing at Florida State University.

When not writing or teaching, Morgan can be found hiking, hanging with her long-haired German Shepherd Sheba, stalking 18th century New England farmhouses on Zillow, cooking, crafting, or falling down Broadway-themed YouTube rabbit holes.