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 graduated from Carleton College, and after a brief turn as a performance poet, 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. In 2010, she wrote an essay that was selected the winner of Glamour magazine’s “My Real-Life Story Essay Contest” by judges Mary Karr, Jane Smiley, Julia Alvarez and Jennifer 8 Lee. It would become the catalyst for a memoir, The Saltwater Twin and Other Mythical Creatures.
Excerpts from The Saltwater Twin have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Creative Nonfiction, The Chattahoochee Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and on themanifeststation.net. 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. 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. Morgan spent two years as full time faculty at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and has led writing and theatre workshops for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women with The Persephone Project, a program of Stillpoint Theatre Collective.