Ian Morris

Ian Morris - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

I am a published author, editor, and educator as well as a skilled listener able to convey writing concepts to writers of all skill levels.

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I'm a writer and editor with three published books and twenty years of experience working with some the top fiction writers and poets of our time, including David Foster Wallace, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Baxter, and John Barth, Sharon Olds, Louise Gluck, and Mark Strand.

As an author myself, I understand what you are going through as an author, writing through solitary nights and weekends toward a goal that is no way assured. And as an educator with over twenty years of experience teaching writing in a range of settings, I am able to convey concepts to writers of any level of experience.

I live in Chicago with my wife, Mary, and my daughter Zelda (yes, she's named after Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald).
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Publishing
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Poetry
Short Story

Certifications

  • Certified in Social Media Marketing by Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

Awards

  • Midwest Book Award Finalist

Work experience

Managing editor

Columbia College Chicago
March, 2013 – Present (over 6 years)

Managing Editor

TriQuarterly magazine, Northwestern University Press
March, 1998 – May, 2010 (about 12 years)

I was associate editor for TriQuarterly at the Northwestern University Press for more than a decade. I worked with an average of a hundred writers each year and was solely responsible for a broad range of operations that included copyediting, proofreading, and shepherding each issue through the production process, including a special issue of Italian translation, an issue on international law, and an issue featuring contributions from all over the former British Empire, including pieces from as far away as Tasmania.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Principles of Social Change (Advances in Community Psychology)

Leonard A. Jason

The efforts of social activists and mental health professionals to institute population-level social change, such as reducing poverty, building better schools, and establishing more effective substance abuse programs, often fail. They tend to focus on individuals and not real-life community conditions; they fail to take into account stakeholders' efforts to maintain the status quo; and they do... read more

The efforts of social activists and mental health professionals to institute population-level social change, such as reducing poverty, building better schools, and establishing more effective substance abuse programs, often fail. They tend to focus on individuals and not real-life community conditions; they fail to take into account stakeholders' efforts to maintain the status quo; and they do... read more

The Stranger Next Door: An Anthology from the Other Europe

"Published on behalf of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the S. Fischer Stiftung, and supported by the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V."

"Published on behalf of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the S. Fischer Stiftung, and supported by the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V."

Forest Primeval: Poems (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award)

Vievee Francis

Winner, 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry AwardWinner, 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the Poetry categoryFinalist, 2015 Balcones Poetry PrizeShortlist finalist, 2015 PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book by an author of color"Another Anti-Pastoral," the opening poem of Forest Primeval, confesses that sometimes "words fail." With a "bleat in [her] throat," the poet identifies with the voice... read more

Winner, 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry AwardWinner, 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the Poetry categoryFinalist, 2015 Balcones Poetry PrizeShortlist finalist, 2015 PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book by an author of color"Another Anti-Pastoral," the opening poem of Forest Primeval, confesses that sometimes "words fail." With a "bleat in [her] throat," the poet identifies with the voice... read more

My Life as an Animal: Stories (Triquarterly Books)

Laurie Stone

A woman meets a man and falls in love. She is sixty, a writer and lifelong New Yorker raised by garmentos. She thought this kind of thing wouldn’t happen again. He is English, so who knows what he thinks. He is fifty-six, a professor now living in Arizona, the son of a bespoke tailor. As the first of Laurie Stone’s linked stories begins, the writer contemplates what life would be like in the d... read more

A woman meets a man and falls in love. She is sixty, a writer and lifelong New Yorker raised by garmentos. She thought this kind of thing wouldn’t happen again. He is English, so who knows what he thinks. He is fifty-six, a professor now living in Arizona, the son of a bespoke tailor. As the first of Laurie Stone’s linked stories begins, the writer contemplates what life would be like in the d... read more

Faith and Fat Chances

Carla Trujillo

Finalist, 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction Carla Trujillo brings to life another side of the fabled city of Santa Fe in this rollicking novel set in Dogtown, a dilapidated neighborhood on the outskirts of town. Home to a hardscrabble community of working people struggling to make a living on meager means, Dogtown is worlds apart from the tourists, artists, and upscale eat... read more

Finalist, 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction Carla Trujillo brings to life another side of the fabled city of Santa Fe in this rollicking novel set in Dogtown, a dilapidated neighborhood on the outskirts of town. Home to a hardscrabble community of working people struggling to make a living on meager means, Dogtown is worlds apart from the tourists, artists, and upscale eat... read more

You May See a Stranger: Stories

Paula Whyman

Miranda Weber is a hot mess. In Paula Whyman’s debut collection of stories, we find her hoarding duct tape to ward off terrorists, stumbling into a drug run with a crackhead, and—frequently—enduring the bad behavior of men. A drivers’ education class pulsing with racial tension is the unexpected context of her sexual awakening. As she comes of age, and in the three decades that follow, the pot... read more

Miranda Weber is a hot mess. In Paula Whyman’s debut collection of stories, we find her hoarding duct tape to ward off terrorists, stumbling into a drug run with a crackhead, and—frequently—enduring the bad behavior of men. A drivers’ education class pulsing with racial tension is the unexpected context of her sexual awakening. As she comes of age, and in the three decades that follow, the pot... read more

ARRIVAL: Poems

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Finalist, 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize ARRIVAL is a poetic love story between mother and daughter. The poems are road maps, intertwining generations with a narrative beginning in 1950 with a woman who is pregnant with twins. In her seventh month she delivers a stillborn boy and a baby girl weighing less than two pounds. From there, the evocation of a series of catastrophic family events brings f... read more

Finalist, 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize ARRIVAL is a poetic love story between mother and daughter. The poems are road maps, intertwining generations with a narrative beginning in 1950 with a woman who is pregnant with twins. In her seventh month she delivers a stillborn boy and a baby girl weighing less than two pounds. From there, the evocation of a series of catastrophic family events brings f... read more

The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter

Susan Hahn

Telling the story of a family of Jewish Hungarian immigrants settled in Chicago in the first half of the 20th century, this novel follows their rise from poverty to prosperity as Cecil Slaughter’s children—out of equal measures glorified memory and sibling rivalry—name their daughters after him, with subtle variations: Ceci, Cecilia, Cecily, Celine, Celie, and Celeste. Despite—or perhaps becau... read more

Telling the story of a family of Jewish Hungarian immigrants settled in Chicago in the first half of the 20th century, this novel follows their rise from poverty to prosperity as Cecil Slaughter’s children—out of equal measures glorified memory and sibling rivalry—name their daughters after him, with subtle variations: Ceci, Cecilia, Cecily, Celine, Celie, and Celeste. Despite—or perhaps becau... read more

Diversey (Twentieth Century Chicago)

MacKinlay Kantor

A story about love and death in Chicago during the age of prohibition, this novel was originally published in 1928 and out of print for nearly 50 years. Set in a boarding house on the north side of Chicago, the novel follows Marry Javlyn, a newspaperman who has just arrived from Iowa; Jo Ruska, a switchboard operator; and Abe Wise, a gangster on the lam. Marry and Jo fall in love, but when Mar... read more

A story about love and death in Chicago during the age of prohibition, this novel was originally published in 1928 and out of print for nearly 50 years. Set in a boarding house on the north side of Chicago, the novel follows Marry Javlyn, a newspaperman who has just arrived from Iowa; Jo Ruska, a switchboard operator; and Abe Wise, a gangster on the lam. Marry and Jo fall in love, but when Mar... read more

Quantum Zero Sentinel (Quantum Chronicles Book 1)

Scott Rhine

The FBI gets a tip about the sale of quantum computers to criminals and spies. Due to a freak accident, Maia Long is forced undercover to catch the culprits. Then she stumbles upon the cornerstone of a new technology. Disruptive changes are coming, threatening the US economy and national security. The first thing her instructor taught her in quantum physics was that everything they’ve taught y... read more

The FBI gets a tip about the sale of quantum computers to criminals and spies. Due to a freak accident, Maia Long is forced undercover to catch the culprits. Then she stumbles upon the cornerstone of a new technology. Disruptive changes are coming, threatening the US economy and national security. The first thing her instructor taught her in quantum physics was that everything they’ve taught y... read more

Ian has 6 reviews

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Doug Porter
Ian's Editorial Assessment of my 74,000 word novel was timely, thoughtful, and extremely helpful. He presented his suggestions in a manner that was sensitive to my manuscript while providing thoughtful ways to improve it. I highly recommend his editorial services.

Doug Porter, May 2019


Anne N
I found Ian to be a gifted editor and reader. He was very communicative and insightful, and offered a smart, detailed assessment of my manuscript. Thank you, Ian!

Anne N, November 2018


Evan Money
Hire Ian and you will be so glad you did! Very professional and he actually takes time to understand your writing style. I will be using Ian for future projects, you should as well.

Evan Money, November 2018

Ian Morris
I sincerely enjoyed working with Evan. He has great energy, and his mission of empowering couples to make the most of their marriages is admirable and enduring.

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Katelyn Chessler
Ian provided thoughtful, in-depth feedback well within the agreed upon time frame. He really helped me get a sense of my project as it would exist in the real world. His time and effort have been invaluable.

Katelyn Chessler, November 2018


Veronica Zamora-Loera
Ian was very professional during our collaboration. He was prompt to respond and to complete the final draft. I would definitely come back to Reedsy with my next project

Veronica Zamora-Loera, September 2018

Ian Morris
It was a pleasure to edit "Unspoken Truths" by Veronica Zamora-Loera, a remarkable memoir of a woman overcoming a childhood of poverty and abuse in Mexico to become a confident adult and an award-w...
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