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Ethel Morgan Smith

Associate Professor

Our Dreams are Only Limited by Our Lack of Imagination

Writer/Professor/International Culturist-Ethel Morgan Smith was born in Louisville, Alabama. In addition to teaching at West Virginia University, she has also taught at The Universitat of Tubingen, Randolph Macon Woman’s College, and Virginia Tech.

Ethel Morgan Smith is the author of From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College. Her essay “Love Means Nothing,” was the winner of the 2005 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Award. Smith has published in national and international journals, including Callaloo and African American Review. She is also the recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy, a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, Visiting Artist-American Academy Rome, DuPont Fellowship, and Brandeis University-Women’s Research Center-Visiting Fellow.


  • Creative Writing -- fiction & nonfiction
  • African American Literature