Benjamin Morris

Artistic Ebb & Flow
Type of work

Morris took every opportunity to go out in the woods absorbing great botanical detail and spent his studio time creating allegories based on the changing forest ecology for a new book of poetry titled Ecotone, which was published by Antenna/Press Street Press in 2017. He hosted a poetry workshop for students from Algiers Technical Academy, using a small unidentified animal skeleton to appeal to the young poets’ sense of intrigue.

A native of Mississippi, Benjamin Morris is the author of Coronary (Fitzgerald Letterpress, 2011),Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A History of the Hub City(Arcadia/ History Press, 2014), and Ecotone(Antenna/Press Street Press, 2017). His work has received fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Tulane University, and A Studio in the Woods. Formerly a researcher with the University of Cambridge and the Open University (UK), he is presently a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster.

“In my time there, I came to think of A Studio in the Woods as a beacon. In the physical sense, certainly, as a house full of light, guiding one home from the darkness of the forest, but moreso in the symbolic sense: as a place of rest and refuge, where the weary feel restored and wanderers find anew their path. Each day I asked myself again: could it really be true?” – Benjamin Morris