Scott Russell Morris is a writer & enthusiast. He’s a mixed-media artist, a zinester, and a foodie. He's a native of Southern California but can navigate the streets of Utah better. He owns a home in Texas and lives in South Korea, where he is an Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Utah Asia Campus. He is the creator and editor of Magpie Zines. He's either kinda straight for a queer guy or super queer for a straight man. With his wife, Kirsten, he has two children. He enjoys spicy food and can't say no to ice cream. He earned a PhD in English from Texas Tech University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. No one has ever asked him who watches the children while he is at work. As a teenager, a friend nicknamed him “Skoticus” and since then Skoticus has been the calling card for his creative persona. He owns more than two hundred board games and collects t-shirts with squirrels on them.
Scott’s first collection of essays, Points of Tangency: Essays and Enthusiasms, explores enthusiasm, travel, and the unknowable lives of other people. Squirrels feature prominently, as do found objects of all kinds. Points of Tangency is forthcoming 2024 from Cornerstone Press as part of their Back Home series in nonfiction.
Scott’s next ongoing project is a fantasy novel series. The series' first installment, The Sovereign of the Cliffs, is a dark fantasy novel about a young woman with a magical sense of location desperately trying to save her family and farm from the machinations of blood-thirsty immortals. The novel is fully written and currently looking for an agent and publisher. You may read a sample here.
Scott is also the creator of the ongoing Magpie Zines project.