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Courtesy Vanderbilt University

Author; and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and Creative Writing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Spring 2023


Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University. She completed her BA at St. Lawrence University and MFA at Cornell University. Moore has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, Princeton University, and New York University, among others. She is the author of the short story collections Self- Help, Like Life, Birds of America, and Bark; three novels, Anagrams, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, and A Gate at the Stairs; and a children’s novel, The Forgotten Helper. She has won the O. Henry Award, The Irish Times International Fiction Prize, Rea Award for the Short Story, PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, Pushcart Prize, and Finn Zinklar Award for the Short Story, given by the Karen Blixen Society, in Copenhagen. She has been a finalist for the Orange Prize, PEN Faulkner Award, National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Story Prize, and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her reviews and essays have appeared in publications including the New York Review of Books, New Yorker, Yale Review, and The Atlantic. Her collected short fiction was published in the Everyman’s Library series in 2020, with an introduction by Lauren Groff. Moore’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Cullman Center, and Lannan Foundation. In 2001, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2006 to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, where she is currently a member of the Board of Directors.  Moore’s work has been published in over a dozen languages.

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