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William Morris lives in suburban Minneapolis with his wife and daughter. Refugees from the insanely-priced, but lovely San Francisco Bay Area, the Morrises love their new life in the frozen north. And don’t pity them, William still takes public transportation to his work* (a position in higher education marketing/pr at a college in Minneapolis) and there is both a Trader Joes and a Costco not more than 5 minutes from their apartment building. Also: a library right across the street, in-laws who babysit every Friday night, and a fantastic ward family. And a swimming pool in the apartment complex. Life is good and winter really isn’t so bad. In fact, William (who was known to be quite fond of the overcast Bay Area days) kind of misses winter when it’s gone.
*This is very important because it a) keeps his blood pressure low, b) means that the Morrises can remain a one car family, and c) gives him time to read and write.
Awards and Publications
Other things to know about William:
His childhood was spent in Kanab, UT. He served an LDS mission to Romania. He did his general education at Diablo Valley Community College (where he met his lovely wife), earned an undergraduate degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley, and earned a master’s degree in comparative literature (English, German) and a certificate in teaching college composition from SF State.
Kafka, Bulgakov, Tolstoy, Henry James, Joy Division/New Order, William Blake and less specifically — post punk, the 19th century novel and novella, speculative fiction (esp. that with a more literary flavor), Mormon literature (naturally), food writing, social media, the development of national/ethnic literatures, discourse analysis, football (American and non), design (especially typography and logos), illustration, Linux (home computer runs Ubuntu), sitcoms, parabolic literature, narrative theory, book marketing/publishing and Mormon folk culture.
Here are some other ways to connect with me — although the best way is to become a regular commenter here at AMV.
AML List: The long running listserv of the Association for Mormon Letters which I’ve participated in since 1998 or so.
Kulturblog: I sometimes comment there and once or twice in a fiscal year, I’ll actually post something (just to make sure I remain eligible for the K-blog pension fund).
Goodreads: This is the social media site I’m most active on. I’ll friend just about anybody (unless your tastes are completely bizarre [but not bizarre in a good way]). Note that I only track books that I have read or want to-read since I joined in July 2007, and I write reviews for pretty much every book I read so you won’t be inundated with updates, and what you do get should have decent value. I also play around with review discourse a bit so reviews can vary greatly in tone, style, form and length.
Facebook: Friend me if you must, but to be honest I don’t do much on Facebook. If I don’t have any idea who you are, I’ll probably ignore your friend invite. Sorry.
Twitter: I post anywhere from 3-40 updates a week, generally on tech, pr, higher ed, social media and Twin Cities topics. I’ll probably only follow back if I know you or if upon review of your tweet history, it’s clear that you provide a good value per frequency ratio. Also note that you can subscribe to a Twitter feed for AMV’s posts as well as random stuff from me on Mormon things.
LinkedIn: Only send me an invite if we have corresponded or conversed in the past. Or — if you are in a related industry to mine, provide me with a pitch or extra info so I can decide if it’d be valuable connection for both of us to make.