Speer Morgan is a novelist, a University of Missouri professor of English and the editor of The Missouri Review. Morgan has won several awards, including the Best Story of the Year award from Prairie Schooner in 1978, for “Internal Combustion.” He was a fiction fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. He won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1999 for The Freshour Cylinders and a Lawrence Foundation Prize in 2000 for “The Girl.” His story “The Big Bang" received the Goodheart Prize for Shenandoah’s best story of 2008. Morgan has contributed short stories to several other magazines and journals, including Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, Northwest Review, New Letters, River Styx, and Iowa Review.
Kris Somerville teaches literature, publishing and creative writing at Stephens College. Her short stories, essays and prose poems have been published in various magazine, including North American Review, Passages North, Ecotone, River City, Zone 3 and Quarterly West. Her visual and "Found Text" features and omnibus reviews appear regularly in The Missouri Review.
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