Susan Brind Morrow

Susan Brind Morrow (born 1958) is an American author and poet.

Morrow was born in Geneva, New York and attended Barnard College and Columbia University.

Her first book, The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert, is "travel writing and memoir threaded through with musings on the origins of words" which Annette Kobak says "manages to unlock a sense of the awe and poetry our most ancient ancestors must have felt in naming things for the first time".[1] The book was partially inspired by the death of her younger brother.[2] It was a finalist for the PEN: Martha Albrand Award for the Memoir in 1998. James Dickey praised her work, comparing it to the work of Stephen Crane, Robert Graves and Freya Stark.[3]

Morrow was a fellow of the Crane-Rogers Foundation/Institute of Current World Affairs in Egypt and Sudan (1988–90). She is a 2006 fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation.[4]

She is married to the American essayist Lance Morrow. They live on a farm in Columbia County, New York.


  • The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert
  • Wolves and Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World
  • Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape (contributor)
  • Mt. Analogue (2006) (play)
  • The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts (2015)

Honors and awards

  • Guggenheim Foundation, Fellow 2006
  • Sowell Collection, Texas Tech University,[5] papers purchased 2007
  • Pen/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, finalist 1998
  • Crane Foundation/Institute of Current World Affairs, Fellow Egypt and Sudan, 1988–90


  1. ANNETTE KOBAK (September 7, 1997). "Source Notes". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  2. Condé Nast's Traveler. Condé Nast Publications. July 1997.
  3. Dickey, James (2005-12-01). The One Voice of James Dickey: His Letters and Life, 1970-1997. University of Missouri Press. pp. 527–. ISBN 9780826264626. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  4. "Susan Brind Morrow 2006". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
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