Dinty W. Moore

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Dinty W. Moore (born August 11, 1955) is an American essayist and writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. He received the Grub Street National Book Prize for Non-Fiction for his memoir, Between Panic and Desire, in 2008.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Dinty W. Moore was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of William P. "Buddy" Moore, an automotive mechanic, and Mary Catherine O'Brien, a former journalist. His name derives from a character in the comic strip Bringing Up Father.[2]

Moore earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977.[3] After graduation, he worked as a reporter for United Press International until 1979. He then worked at Falling Springs Films in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. From 1980–1984, he was an actor and dancer.[4] He also served as an editor at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania from 1985–1987.[citation needed]

In 1990, Moore completed his Master of Fine Arts in writing at the Louisiana State University.[5] He taught creative writing at Penn State Altoona from 1990 to 2007 and he is currently Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Ohio University.[5]

Moore's essays and stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, The Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse. Moore launched the online literary magazine Brevity in 1997,[6] which focuses on short creative nonfiction essays with a maximum of 750 words.[7] He is also on the editorial board of Creative Nonfiction magazine, and sat on the board of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs[6] from 2006 to 2011, serving as Board President in his final year.[8]



  • The Emperor's Virtual Clothes: The Naked Truth About Internet Culture. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books. 1995. ISBN 9781565120969.
  • The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still, American Style. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books. 1997.
  • Between Panic and Desire. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 2008.
  • The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications. 2012. ISBN 978-1614290070.
  • Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Life, Love, and Cannibals. NYC: Random House/Ten Speed. 2015. ISBN 1607748096.

Short story collections[edit]

  • Toothpick Men. DuBois, PA: Mammoth Books. 1998.

Books on the craft of writing[edit]

  • The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. Harlow, England: Longman. 2006. ISBN 9780321277619.
  • Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide to Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books. 2010. ISBN 9781582977966.
  • The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers. Boston, MA: Rose Metal Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0984616664.
  • The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir. NYC: Random House/Ten Speed. 2017. ISBN 978-0399578809.


  1. ^ "The Grub Street National Book Prize". Grub Street, Inc. Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "What Dinty W. Moore Knows | Inside Higher Ed". www.insidehighered.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  3. ^ "Amazon.com: Dinty W. Moore: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". smile.amazon.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  4. ^ Hoover, Sara (September 24, 2007). "An Interview With Dinty W. Moore (yep, he's real)". Archived from the original on July 1, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Dinty W. Moore". Ohio University. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Patton, Jenny (January 9, 2012). "Focusing on Flash Nonfiction: An Interview with Dinty Moore". River Teeth. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  7. ^ "About Brevity | Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction". brevitymag.com. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  8. ^ "AWP: Statements of Elected Trustees". www.awpwriter.org. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2006. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000120376.

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