Maia Morgan was born in Alabama, grew up in a suburb of Washington, D.C. and spent many childhood summers on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature with a certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She holds an MFA in fiction from Rutgers University-Newark and a BA from Carleton College. After a brief turn as a performance poet, she worked in theater as a playwright, actor and monologuist. Her work for the stage has been praised by critics as philosophical, funny, sophisticated, vividly imagined and emotionally deep.
Her writing has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Creative Nonfiction, The Chattahoochee Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and The Rumpus. Morgan was a finalist for Fourth Genre’s Steinberg Essay Prize and first runner up for New Letters Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay.
Morgan teaches writing and theater and has created dozens of original performances with participants in schools, health care facilities and jails—working with Urban Gateways, Columbia College, Chicago Public Schools, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and Lyric Opera Chicago among others. She’s taught writing and theater to K-12 students, working with special needs, autistic and Deaf students, as well as in bilingual classrooms. She has designed and led professional development workshops for teachers and teaching artists alike and has led writing and theater workshops in mental health settings and with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.