Catherine V. Moore — Print & Radio





Beauty Mountain Studio is a media production company named after a vista along the New River Gorge in Fayette County, West Virginia. Writer and radio producer Catherine Moore grew up in Charleston, WV, before completing studies at Harvard University (BA, Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, 2005) and the University of Montana (MFA, Creative Writing – Poetry, 2008). She started producing radio at BackStory, a national public radio show about American history based at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. In 2011, she returned home to work as a local newspaper reporter and open Beauty Mountain Studio. She was selected by the Highlander Research and Education Center to serve as a 2014-2015 Appalachian Transition Fellow with the “What’s Next, WV?” initiative. Catherine is also the co-founder of the DuBois Youth Leadership and Media Academy; the Paint Creek Audio History Project; and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, and served as the past media review editor for The Journal of Appalachian StudiesHer poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review,, Yes!, Fence, and Verse. Her radio work has aired on public radio stations across the U.S. and on the BBC. She is the recent recipient of a West Virginia Humanities Council Fellowship, a writing residency from the MacDowell Colony, and the Mountain State Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Currently, she is at work on a book of essays for Swallow Press of the Ohio University Press.


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View from Beauty Mountain (Charles Hayes)

View from Beauty Mountain (Charles B. Hayes)


  1. I couldn’t help but say something after reading your nicely written and interesting — OK, intriguing — “About” section and not having any responses! I just got your e-mail message about a Mary Lee Settle project and want to talk to you about it. I’ll phone.
    Henry Battle 5:00 pm 8/24/2012
    PS For what class year did you interview for Brown? That will help my recollection.

  2. Thanks, Henry! I’ll look forward to your call. I graduated high school in 2000.

  3. Dear Catherine, I am so excited and grateful for the work you are doing! We just had a memorial service for my mother, Mabel Jarrell,at Virginia’s Chapel on May 16, 2013. Her whole family is from Cedar Grove. She died at 90 1/2, her older sister Mary Ellen Taylor knew Mary Settle and sent us a copy of “Addie” a few years back before she died. We just loved the book, it is my mother’s story and history. We visited the Thompkins Mansion while in WV and found out about you. I live in Pembroke, MA and feel much as you do about WV. I thank you for all you are doing and hope to follow your work closely.
    P.S. My cousin Rev. David White was the pastor of the Oak Hill Baptist Church for about 25 years. He just retired in 2007.

    • Deanna, I really appreciate your note! Great to hear from a kindred WV spirit. I’m so glad you found my website, and the project. I bet your mother had a Cedar Grove story or two. If it’s ok, I’ll add you to the email update list so you can keep up with progress…

      • Please add me to your email. Also there is a Cedar Grove Community Trailblazers Facebook page where a lot of CG history & pictures are shared.

  4. This is a great website! Keep up the good work! Also there’s a low power radio station on Beauty Mountain in Edmond WV. Is that the one you dream about sometimes?

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