Dylan Morris

Poetry | Cleveland State University | Class of 2024

Donuts After Sunday School is a poetry collection that asks how both a writer and speaker changes over the course of writing a book, what are a writer’s obligations to society, their identities, and other writers. It engages with the ideas of reclamation, transcendence, and the nature of ekphrasis via aphorism, Stan Brakhage’s films, the Ern Malley poems, and the Colorado Springs shooting. The book also acts as an archive of the author’s gender transition: from before that change, to the struggles of coming to terms with it, and finally identifying as a trans woman.


Dylan Morris

Dylan Morris is an Autistic and Trans poet from Northeast Ohio. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy with minors in Creative Writing and English from the University of Akron. When not writing, she spends her time bowling, and watching movies and pro wrestling.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

Barefoot in the Head by Brian W. Aldiss
The Oxford Annotated Bible
Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
by Soren Kierkegaard
Blindness and Insight:Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism by Paul De Man
The Animal Man Omnibus by Grant Morrison

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing? What are they?

I don’t have any eccentric habits.  A lot of my writing extends out of engaging with mediums I love. I may watch a film and find something about it that compels me to write about it. The most important thing is when I write I need to have jazz playing and multiple cans of diet soda nearby.

What are your favorite words? Why?

Concrete, Sinews, Viscera. I love how harsh they sound. They also feel like they’re decaying in the middle of speaking and evoke the most bare and ugly representations.