Lorrie Moore: Biography

Lorrie Moore

13 jan 1957

A critically acclaimed author of more than 5 short story collections, Lorrie Moore is well known for her use of humour to undercut the sadness of her subject matter. In 1998, Lorrie Moore was given the O. Henry Award for her short story People Like That Are The Only People Here, which was published in the New Yorker. She has also won the Irish Times prize for International Fiction in 2004, and this Rea Award for the short story, which recognises outstanding achievement in the genre.

Though most famous for her short stories, Lorrie Moore has also written 3 novels, her most event effort, A Gate at the Stairs being shortlisted for the Pen/Faulkner and Orange awards for fiction. The novel was also a New York Times Bestseller, which also included the novel in a list of the best books of the year.

Lorrie Moore’s career in writing began at age 19, when she won the fiction contest of Seventeen Magazine. She went on to study a Master of Fine Arts at Cornell University. In addition to her writing career, Lorrie Moore has worked as an academic. For thirty years, Lorrie Moore taught creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also taught the same subject in a variety of American Universities, including Cornell, where she had originally studied, and Princeton.

Lorrie Moore’s writing is founded on her observation of life. She believes in taking notes of her observations during her everyday experience, before returning to these notes and creating a story by ‘fabricating from whole cloth, patching together from remnants’.

Currently, Moore teaches at Vanderbilt University, continues to write, and also produces a few essays and critical pieces for the New York Times.