Colleen Morrissey is a PhD student in English. She achieved her BA in English at the University of Iowa and her MA in English literature at the University of Kansas, where she wrote her thesis on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South. She is currently working on her dissertation on Victorian women writers and their portrayal of male characters in pain, a portion of which is forthcoming in The Female Fantastic, 1860-1930: On the Gendered Supernatural in Texts by Women. Her interests include the novel; gender and sexuality; religion; and the body.
She is also a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Her story “Good Faith” recently won an O. Henry Prize. The same story was also named as a Best American Short Stories 2013 notable. Her fiction has also appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Southeast Review, Cincinnati Review, Monkeybicycle (print and audio) and elsewhere; her nonfiction has appeared in Confrontation; and her poetry has appeared in Parcel and elsewhere.
Currently, she is a graduate teaching associate for Ohio State's Department of English, and in the past she has trained other graduate teaching associates and taught literature, composition, rhetoric and creative writing.