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Angela Morales

Antioch University Los Angeles

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa’s nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, and other journals. She is the winner of the River Teeth Book Prize, 2014, and has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. Her book is the 2017 winner of the River Teeth Book Prize and the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

Educational History

University of California, Davis. B.A., English
University of Iowa, M.F.A., Nonfiction

Teaching Statement

As a writing mentor, I want to remain as open as possible to the unexpected themes, forms, and language that I find in my students’ writing. I enjoy reading the words already on the page and then finding those invisible threads that can lead students to discover surprising connections to other ideas and words not yet on the page…the point being, to encourage writers to push deeper into their own language and analysis.

The Girls in My Town, Essays

River Teeth Nonfiction Prize
PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

Visiting Faculty,

Creative Writing Program


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