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Catherine Venable Moore is a nonfiction writer and the recipient of a 2021 Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. After studying Literature at Harvard, she earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, Oxford American, VICE, and elsewhere. She is also the co-founder of several public history projects, including the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. Moore’s work has been supported by fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, MacDowell, Millay Arts, Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Her current projects include two books of narrative nonfiction set in Appalachia, to be published by Random House. She lives in Ansted, West Virginia, with her loyal animal companions, Pickle and Dreama.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Debra Kaufman says:

    Dear Ms. Venable Moore,
    I just received my copy of The Book of the Dead and read your introduction. I couldn’t put it down. The stories are so terrible and sad, and your documenting of them beautifully told. I so appreciate your sharing these stories with readers of Muriel Rukeyser, WV families, and others. Truly these are haunting. Thank you for helping to reclaim this history from the liars and abettors so that we can learn from the horrors and move forward with knowledge and empathy.

  2. Rex Holland says:

    My Mom’s family were from Packsville, W Va in Raleigh Co. They were the George McClellen and Mary Jane (Farley) Jarrell’s. They had about 10 children, including my grandmother Donna Kathleen.

    I loved going to Charleston and Grannie Jarrell’s as a boy, and a recent reading of ‘Addie’ by Mary Lee Settle took me there again. I will try to follow you at the public library and on-line.
    By the way, my grand-daughter is coincidentally nicknamed Addie. Best Regards, Rex Holland, Albuquerque

  3. Stephanie says:

    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?

  4. Deanna White-Hebert says:

    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.

    • admin says:

      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…

      • Patty J. Coopet says:

        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.

  5. admin says:

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

  6. Henry Battle says:

    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.

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