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Writers Workshop Profiles: Dinty W. Moore

This post is the fourth in a series that will give a more in-depth biography for each of KR’s Writers Workshop instructors, as well as collect some of the web resources available for each of them. The Writers Workshop is a seven-day intensive writing experience hosted annually by KR on the Kenyon College campus, focused on producing new work. In 2011, the program will run from June 18th-25th. The 2011 program is now full and applications are no longer being accepted; applications to the 2012 program will open January 1st, 2012. Find more details on the program here.

Dinty W. Moore has taken a circuitous route to becoming a writer, having found past employment as a documentary filmmaker, modern dance performer, zookeeper, Greenwich Village waiter, and, ultimately (thankfully!), as a writer and professor. Moore has written three books of nonfiction, two writing guides, and one book of short stories in addition to editing a collection of more than 100 short stories measuring 350 words or less. He is most recently co-editor with Kevin Haworth of the book Lit From Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing, a collection of essays. Moore is the director for the BA, MA, and PhD programs in Creative Writing at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and is president of the Associated Writing Programs. This summer, Moore will be coming to Gambier to teach literary nonfiction in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

Moore grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and earned a BA in writing from the University of Pittsburgh. After his exploration of career opportunities, he earned his MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. Moore’s most recent work of nonfiction, Between Panic and Desire has garnered extensive critical praise. Donna Seaton at Booklist says, “each anecdote, piece of pop-culture trivia and frankly confessed panic and desire yields a chunk of irony and a sliver of wisdom.” Moore has also published The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction, The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still, The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes, and Toothpick Men: Short Stories. Moore has published essays and stories in several journals, including The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Gettysburg Review. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and several other awards.

In addition to his own writing and teaching, Moore edits the online nonfiction journal BREVITY. Moore also serves on the editorial board of Creative Nonfiction magazine. He enjoys yoga, kayaking, biking and photography. His photos can be viewed at his personal Flickr Photo Stream.

Here are links to more Moore:

View Moore’s personal webpage here.

Read a 2008 interview with Moore here.

Read Katey Schultz’s interview here.

Listen to a podcast on Moore’s editorial work here.

Read Writer’s Digest’s Q&A with Moore here.

Read Moore’s Google Maps based essay here.