Paula Morris

Paula Morris

Paula Morris is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent novel, Rangatira (Penguin, 2011) won the fiction categories at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards. She also writes YA novels, published by Scholastic in the US, including recently-publisehd The Eternal City.

Paula’s short stories have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies. Radio versions have been broadcast in both New Zealand and the US. Her first short story collection, Forbidden Cities (2008), was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Prize. She’s also the editor of The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2008). Her story 'False River' was longlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (UK).

A graduate of the University of Auckland, Paula holds degrees from two creative writing programmes – an MA from Victoria University in Wellington, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop – as well as a D.Phil from the University of York. She has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships, including stays at Bellagio (the Rockefeller Foundation) in Italy and Brecht's House in Denmark, and has appeared at festivals in Europe, the US, China, the UK and New Zealand.

Paula has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, Tulane University in New Orleans, and the University of Sheffield, as well as at festivals, schools, museums, and writing centres in the UK, US, China, Europe and New Zealand.

Paula was a visiting writer at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2007.

She has her own web site and blog:


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