He grew up in Calgary.
His poetry and fiction have appeared in Descant, The Fiddlehead, Arc, Grain, The Malahat Review, Ascent, and The North American Review. He was a member of the performance group First Draft along with Susan McMaster, Andrew McClure, Alrick Huebener, Roberta Huebener, Claude Dupuis, Peter Thomas, and David Parsons. Together, they recorded, published, and performed some 40 times across Canada in the 1980s.
In 1986 he was the winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for poetry. His book of poetry The Merzbook was inspired by the life and work of Kurt Schwitters, and was the basis for a dramatic production, The Cabbage of Paradise. The sound-poem, Primiti Too Taa, based on Schwitters' Ursonate (Sonata in primitive sounds), was made into an animated short film by Ed Ackerman, featuring Morton's voice and a stop-motion animation of moving letters, made using a typewriter. It was featured in Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, Vol 1.
- "Where Were You When?; All That Is Solid". Blue Moon Review. 1998.
- In Transit (1981), ISBN 0-920066-44-5 http://capa.conncoll.edu/morton.tran.htm
- This Won't Last Forever (1985), ISBN 0-919285-31-7 http://capa.conncoll.edu/morton.last.htm
- The Merzbook: Kurt Schwitters Poems (1987), ISBN 0-919627-46-3 http://capa.conncoll.edu/morton.merzbook.html
- How to Be Born Again (1982), ISBN 1-55082-036-2
- Oceans Apart (1995), ISBN 1-55082-136-9 (novel)
- Coastlines of the Archipelago (2000), ISBN 1-894543-00-9
- Dance,Misery (2003), ISBN 0-9689723-8-1
- The Cabbage of Paradise (2007), ISBN 978-0-9735487-7-8
- The Local Cluster (2008), ISBN 978-1-931247-54-2
- The Hundred Cuts: Sitting Bull and the Major (2009), ISBN 978-1-894543-55-2
- The Scream: First Draft, the third annual group show Ouroboros (1984), ISBN 0-920301-04-5
- Colin Morton, ed. (1989). CAPITAL POETS: AN OTTAWA ANTHOLOGY. Ottawa, ON: Ouroboros. ISBN 0-920301-12-6.
- Poetry and fiction by Colin Morton
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