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 her 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 “women’s 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 Hippocampus, TriQuarterly, Outlook Springs, The Yearbook Office, and The Molotov Cocktail.
Morgan currently teaches as a Visiting Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Public and Professional Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her MFA in Fiction in 2016. She is also the Residential Program Director of the extraordinary University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop, of which she is a very proud alum. Morgan earned her BA in Creative Writing at Florida State University, where she also served two years as Editor in Chief of the newsmagazine The Yeti.
When not writing or teaching, Morgan can be found hiking with her long-haired German Shepherd Sheba, stalking 18th century New England farmhouses on Zillow, knitting, or falling down Broadway-themed YouTube rabbit holes.