Melissa Morphew visited KETR and the A&M-Commerce campus to speak to audiences as part of an initiative to bring Creative Writing and the Mayo College greater attention at A&M-Commerce.Melissa Morphew is a native of Tennessee who currently teaches creative writing at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Her poetry has appeared widely in such journals as The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and The Florida Review. She has published a chapbook, Hunger and Heat: The Missionary Letters (Anabiosis, 1995) and two full-length books, The Garden Where All Loves End (La Jolla Poets Press, 1997) and Fathom (Turning Point Press, 2006). She is a recipient of The W.B. Yeats Society Award in Poetry, The Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize, The Cecil J. Hackney Literary Award, The Academy of American Poets College Prize, as well as, four Pushcart Prize nominations. While still a resident of Tennessee, Ms. Morphew was awarded an Individual Artist's Grant in Poetry from the Tennessee State Arts Commission. She has a new full-length book, Weeding Borges Garden, forthcoming from Turning Point Press in October 2010.
Dr. Salvatore Attardo is Professor and Head of Literature and Languages at A&M-Commerce.