2016-17 Kagi Fellow
David J. Morris
Eleanor Kagi Foundation Fellow in Literature and Medicine, 2016-17David J. Morris is a former Marine infantry officer. He worked in Iraq from 2004 to 2007 as a reporter for Salon and the Virginia Quarterly Review. His story “The Big Suck: Notes from the Jarhead Underground” was published in VQR and was included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. In 2008 Morris was awarded a creative nonfiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as residencies at The MacDowell Colony and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. He is a graduate of the UC Irvine MFA program, and in 2009 he won the Staige D. Blackford Award for nonfiction writing from the Virginia Quarterly Review. His book The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was called “stunning, provocative, exhaustively researched and deeply moving” by The New York Times Book Review.” It was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize.