Ramona L. Morris holds a Masters of Arts in English, Creative Writing, from Southern Illinois University, where she studied with Kent Haruf and E. Beth Lordan. She was also active in the SIUC Department of Theatre, where she studied with Christian H. Moe and performed in original plays and musicals and had two of her own plays produced, one of which was awarded the designation of first alternate production by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region-III. Her full-length play THIRSTING BY THE RIVER GILGAMESH won the Paul Green Playwrights Prize, awarded by the North Carolina Writer’s Network, chosen by playwright Samm-Art Williams, and was one of six plays selected by Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, for its Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights for a staged reading in July of 2012. Her one-act Petticoat Battleground was presented at Rend Lake Amphitheatre, and as part of a three-state tour by Northwest Missouri State University. Space Aliens and Tupperware was presented by the company acting studio in Atlanta, Georgia. While at SIUC, she was awarded as a co-recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award by Project Achieve. She has taught at SIUC; at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana; at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri; and at Indiana University Southeast. She appeared three seasons as a singer-actress at Theatre Arts of West Virginia's outdoor dramas Hatfields and McCoys and Honey in the Rock. She works as an editor at ProQuest, abstracting and indexing journals in the performing arts. At IU Southeast, she has taught theatre history, theatre appreciation, and playwriting.