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 work[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]

He was educated at the University of Pittsburgh (B.A. 1977). 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 to 1984, he was an actor and dancer for Danceteller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also served as an editor at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania from 1985-1987.

In 1990, Moore completed his Master of Fine Arts in writing at the Louisiana State University. 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.

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. He also edits Brevity, an online journal of creative nonfiction,[3] and he is on the editorial board of Creative Nonfiction magazine.



  • 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. 


  • 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. 


  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2006. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000120376.

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