About Cindy Hunter Morgan

Cindy Hunter Morgan teaches creative writing at Michigan State University and is the author of two chapbooks. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center's 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. Her full-length manuscript of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks is forthcoming from Wayne State University Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including West Branch, Salamander, and Sugar House Review.

Legend and Outlaw: Jesse James and the Ballad Tradition

Legends Among a few adults who spooked me when I was a girl (my school bus driver, who kept a bottle in a brown bag beneath his seat; a guy at the car wash who sometimes shut the system down when we were in the middle of a soap cycle), … → read more

Border Ballads: Bruce Springsteen as Corridista

Border ballads

Ghosts, Orchards, and Borders Last November, in a post about Bruce Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman,” I wrote of Nebraska’s palliative effects. I listened to that album without moderation during a hard time in high school. Years later, I listened to another Springsteen album during another hard time. It wasn’t vinyl, as … → read more

Bruce Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman”: A Ballad as Prayer

The Early Years I played Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska over and over when I was in high school. It’s a dark, meditative album full of rage and sadness, which soothed me. I was sixteen, and had just moved to a new town. I was miserable. Long-distance phone calls were rare … → read more