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Moira Crone

In 2009, Moira Crone was awarded the Robert Penn Warren Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers for the body of her work. Calling her a “writer’s writer,” Allan Gurganus wrote the prize citation, saying, “Moira Crone is a fable maker with a musical ear, a plentitude of nerve, and an epic heart.” Her work has been categorized as “Southern gnostic.” Raised in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina, she studied literature at the University of North Carolina and Smith College in Massachusetts. Later she entered the writing program at Johns Hopkins, and then she moved to Louisiana, where she taught at Louisiana State University. She has published three novels and three books of stories. Her shorter pieces have appeared in the New YorkerMademoiselleFantasy and Science FictionOxford American, and more than two dozen anthologies. Her first speculative novel, The Not Yet, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, an international prize for science fiction paperback of the year. Her novel The Ice Garden–called “a heart stopper”won a regional 2015 Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (Southeast).

She is also a painter and has been showing her works in galleries and solo shows in New Orleans since 2018. An interview with Moira Crone by Jim Grimsley and images of her  art are included in the current (2020) issue of North Carolina Literary Review.  Her writing website is Her paintings are on display at:

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

    1. Rodger Kamenetz, my husband
    2. My daughters, Anya Kamenetz and Kezia Kamenetz, my granddaughter, Lulu, and my nieces
    3. The beach
    4. Reading novels—especially those by friends of mine and former students, and those my book club finds
    5. Thinking about travel, and traveling
    6. Solitude
    7. Cooking dinner, and having a glass of red wine
    8. Long walks in New Orleans and in the woods
    9. Dreams that show you things
    10. Music—jazz, gospel, blues, African