Keith Lee Morris is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Clemson University. His short stories have been published in A Public Space, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, StoryQuarterly, New England Review, The Sun, and the Georgia Review, among other publications. The University of Nevada published his first two books: The Greyhound Gods (2003) and The Best Seats in the House (2004).
His latest novel is The Dart League King.
From his Q & A with Willamette Week:
What are your favorite themes to write about?Read the complete Q & A.
Love-hate relationships with small towns; the enduring qualities of friendship; parents’ fears for their children; early failures in life; and the possibility of redemption.
The most beautiful word in the English language is:
“And”—or at least it’s the most handy, which makes it the most beautiful to me.
What authors made you want to pick up a pen in the first place and why? Or name an inspiring, amazing piece of work.
I always say As I Lay Dying, but I’m tired of saying As I Lay Dying, so I’m going to say War and Peace. Or maybe Crime and Punishment. Something big and Russian.
The Page 69 Test: The Dart League King.