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John Mitchell Morris

Chair of College Writing

John Mitchell Morris is a Lecturer in Writing and Chair of College Writing at Purchase College. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, his JD from Villanova University School of Law, and his BA from California State University, Northridge. He is a member of the State Bar of California and practiced in Los Angeles in areas spanning employment law, entertainment, insurance coverage, as well as business and corporation litigation. His novel-in-progress, In The Trembling Heart, is a love story set in the early twenty-first century and explores the intersections of tragedy, art, and redemption.

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State Bar of California


Actor’s Equity Association

Representative Courses

College Writing

College Writing Lab


“Little Boys Don’t Say Things Like That,” 650 | From A to LGBTQ, June 2017.

“The Minors,” 650 | High School Stories, April 2018.

“The Minors,” reprinted in, January 2020.

“The Power to Create,” 650 | Voices of Hope, April 2021.

“Teaching Writing Process in an Age of Distractions, Speed, and Instant Gratification,” Expose,  September 2021.


Presentations / Conferences

Conference planning committee, “The Art of Writing/The Writing of Art,” SUNY Council on Writing, Purchase College, November 2019.

Co-host, “Community Reflection: Questioning, Supporting, Listening, and Affirming,” SUNY Council on Writing Webinar, hosted on Zoom by SUNY Council on Writing, September 2020.

Presenter, “The State of Composition Instruction at Purchase College,” Westchester Community College Composition Summit, hosted on Zoom by Westchester Community College, February 2021. 

Exhibitions / Performances

Recurring Character, E-Ring, NBC, Burbank, CA, October 2005 – May 2006.

Recurring Character, Queer as Folk, Showtime, Los Angeles, CA and Toronto, ON, October 2003 – December 2003.