Duncan Murrell

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Duncan Murrell is a writer, journalist, and teacher from North Carolina. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Normal School. At Duke University, he is the writer in residence at The Center for Documentary Studies.

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Duncan Murrell is a writer, journalist, and teacher from North Carolina. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Normal School. At Duke University, he is the writer in residence at The Center for Documentary Studies.

His work has also appeared in Poets & Writers, The Oxford American, Southern Cultures, and many other publications. He has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. In 2006 he spent eight months living in New Orleans while writing “In The Year of the Storm,” a long work that appeared in the July 2007 issue of Harper’s Magazine, and prompted a Chicago Tribune critic to write, “Speaking of words, few essayists put them together any better … crucial to an understanding of what catastrophe leaves in its tumbling wake, as seen through one man’s tormented consciousness.”

Murrell has written about termites, vultures, and hogs; he’s written profiles of national politicians and old tobacco magnates; and he’s written extensively on the economics and social life of small towns. He’s currently at work on a book about transformation and immigration in the rural South, to be excerpted soon in Harper’s Magazine. Before writing full-time, Murrell was an editor at Algonquin Books, where he acquired and edited several national bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. He also has worked as a newspaper writer in Alabama and Washington D.C. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University, and has been a resident at Yaddo.

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