Catherine Venable Moore is an award-winning nonfiction writer and public historian. After studying Literature at Harvard University, she earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana. Her work, for which she received a 2021 Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has appeared in Best American Essays, Oxford American, VICE, and elsewhere.
Catherine is currently writing Disunion: West Virginia Coal Miners and America’s Other Civil War for Random House. This work of literary nonfiction is a history of the West Virginia Mine Wars, one of the most dramatic struggles for civil rights that this country has known, and also one of the nation’s most obscure.
Winner of a 2021 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Disunion is, said the jury, “A gorgeously written, meticulously researched account of a critical episode of U.S. labor history.”
Catherine lives in Ansted, West Virginia, with her loyal animal companions, Pickle and Dreama, and serves on the board of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum.