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About Clay Morgan

Clay Morgan is a native Idahoan with a wide and varied background including working as a US Forest Service Smokejumper, a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered, an historian and writer for NASA, and a commercial spaceflight entrepreneur. He has written speeches for his wife, NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan, worked as an Idaho Poet in the Schools, taught writing, and served for two years as Idaho's Writer in Residence.
Throughout all of these experiences he is best known for his writing. He has published two adult novels, two young readers novels, two essay books and one NASA history.
In 2008, he came to Boise State as an adjunct English professor and, in addition to teaching, now serves as Director of Collaborative Research for the Division of Research.


Present Director of Collaborative Research, Boise State University Division of Research
Present Special Lecturer, Boise State University Department of English

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • NASA Public Service Medal
  • Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts
  • Idaho Writer in Residence


  • ENGL206 Fiction Writing
  • ENGL306 Intermediate Fiction Writing
  • ENGL508 Writing, Editing & Design for Professional Advancement
  • ENGL524 Creative Writing Workshop

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Books (7)

Readings and Presentations (5)