Although I started out as a fiction writer, I now write essays and memoir.

Author’s Bio

Sandell Morse is the prize-winning author of the memoir, The Spiral Shell, A French Village Reveals Its Secrets of Jewish Resistance in World War II (Schaffner Press, April 2020). A paperback of The Spiral Shellwill be available April 2022. The Spiral Shell is a Silver Medal winner in the Story Circle Women’s Book Awards, 2020, memoir and a finalist for the New Hampshire Literary Award, 2021, nonfiction.

Morse’s essays have been noted in The Best American Essays series and published in Creative Nonfiction, Ploughshares, the New England Review, Fourth Genre ASCENT, Solstice, and Tiferet among others. She has won the Michael Steinberg essay prize, been nominated for Best of the Net and for two Pushcart Prizes.

Morse has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, a resident at the Hewnoaks Artists’ Colony, and a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia and in Auvillar, France. She holds degrees from Wilson College, the University of New Hampshire, and Dartmouth College.

Morse is the mother of three middle aged sons, the grandmother of four. She lives in Portsmouth, NH with Zeus her Standard Poodle. Photo credit: Sharon Jacobs.

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