Sandell Morse is an award winning essayist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Creative Nonfiction, Ploughshares, New England Review, Fourth Genre, and Ascent. Her awards include second place in the Tiferet nonfiction contest, finalist in the Orison Books Anthology contest, finalist in the Maine Publishers and Writers Alliance Awards for short nonfiction, two nominations for a Pushcart Prize, a nomination for Best of the Net, winner of the Michael Steinburg Essay Award. Her essay “Houses” was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2014.
Morse has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She holds an MA in English with a concentration in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire and an MALS with a concentration in the humanities from Dartmouth College.
Morse serves on the boards of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. An avid skier, hiker and dog lover, Morse lives in York, Maine where she is currently at work on a memoir about a woman with a patchy relationship to Judaism who travels to France, discovers a village’s hidden Jewish history and sets out on a journey that leads her back to her own faith.