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James Norris, MFA


Michael Norris is a full-time English Instructor at Southern University and A&M College. A Baton Rouge native, he moved back to the city several years ago after living all around the world, including New Orleans, Miami, and Cork, Ireland. He earned a bachelor's degree in both English Literature and English Creative Writing from Louisiana State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans with his short story collection, Care Forgotten. He previously taught composition at Baton Rouge Community College.


Primarily a fiction writer, his short fiction has been published in Prometheus Dreaming, Louisiana Words, the Saints and Sinners 2018 Anthology of Fiction, Screen Door Review, and others. He currently serves as Chief Editor for the SUBR online literary journal, Sangam, and served as editor for the young adult novella, Penelope. He is currently co-authoring a young adult novel with a colleague he met at UNO, and he is also working on a solo project, a science fiction novel centering around the US's obsession with social media. He recently finished a novella, A Christian Conversion, about a young gay boy growing up in rural Mississippi in the 1980s; it is presently under consideration by a publisher. He hosts live, quarterly poetry and fiction reading events in New Orleans with Louisiana Words: Live.