Moira Crone is a widely published short story writer and novelist. She was born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina a small town in tobacco country. She left at 17 to attend UNC and Smith College, and later studied writing at Johns Hopkins University.
In 2009, she received the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers for the body of her work. The prize citation, written by Allan Gurganus with Doris Betts, states: “Moira Crone’s interest in things spiritual has led her work to be wittily described as “Southern Gnostic.” In books like What Gets Into Us, Period of Confinement, and Dream State, Crone charts a zone of family resemblance and family claustrophobia. Her work can be hilarious in dealing with contemporary moral relativism… She is a fable maker with a musical ear, a plentitude of nerve, and an epic heart for her beleaguered, if often witty characters.”
In 2015, The Ice Garden received the Gold Medal from the Independent Pubisher Awards for fiction Southeast. In 2013, her novel, The Not Yet, was short listed for the Philp K.Dick Award, for paperback original science fiction novel of year.
After spending her early adulthood in Boston and Baltimore, she moved to Baton Rouge, LA and lived there from 1981 through 1995. Since, she has lived in New Orleans. Her publications include her current novel, The Ice Garden, (2014), The Not Yet, (2012) What Gets Into Us,(2006) a collection of stories, Dream State (Jackson: The University Press of Mississippi in 1995; Paperback 1997), also stories, A Period of Confinement (New York: G.P. Putnam and Sons, 1986, Paperback, New York: Harper and Row, 1987. French Translation: Paris: Gallimard 1986) a novel, and The Winnebago Mysteries and Other Stories (New York: The Fiction Collective/ Braziller 1982), stories and a novella.
Her works have been published in numerous magazines, including: The New Yorker,Mademoiselle, Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, North American Review, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, New Orleans Review, Shenandoah, Callaloo, TriQuarterly, and Habitus. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Oxford American, Beliefnet, Altnet, (online) Family Circle, Working Mother, American Homestyle, Image Journal, among others. She has been included in several anthologies, such as Best from the Ohio Review, 25th Anniversary Anthology, Smith Voices; Various Gifts, American Made, New Stories by Southern Women, Wide Awake in the Pelican State, Intersections, Best of LSU Fiction, and a comprehensive anthology of New Orleans Literature spanning three centuries. N.O. LIT.
Her stories have been chosen for the “Year’s Best” by the award anthology New Stories From The South five times. She has been selected for an individual artist’s grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, (1990) and a fellowship at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College at Harvard, (1987-88.) She won the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Short Story Prize in 1994, and William Faulkner/Wisdom Award for Novella in 2004. She won an ATLAS grant from the State of Louisiana in 2005-2006. She has been named Image Journal’s “Artist of the Month.”
Moira Crone taught in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University for several years. She directed the program from 1997 through 2002. She has also taught at Hopkins, and Goucher College, and is on the faculty of the Prague Summer Program in the Czech Republic. In 2010, she led a workshop as part of the Low Residency Creative Writing Program at the University of New Orleans, in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. She has been a guest artist and teacher at Image Journal’s Glen Workshops, and at the University of Missouri’s Center for the Literary Arts, and has appeared at the International Conference on the Short Story in English as a speaker, teacher, critic, and artist.
In 2010, she was the Plenary Speaker at the AEDEAN conference (Spanish Association for Anglo American Studies) in Almeria, Spain.In September, 2013, she was a featured writer at the Singapore American Writers Conference.. In 2014, she was named an “ALIHOT” (a legend in her own time) by the Pirates’ Alley Faulkner Society of New Orleans. She has participated in the Society’s activities and its Words and Music Conference for twenty years, as a panelst, judge, moderator, and Writers’ chairman.
Among her former students are novelists and short story writers Connie Porter ( All Bright Court, Imani All Mine) Dinty Moore (The Accidental Buddhist), Olympia Vernon ( Eden, Logic, A Killing in this Town) Virgil Suarez ( The Cutter, Latin Jazz, Havana Thursdays, Going Under) and Ronlyn Domingue, ( The Mercy of Thin Air) Josh Russell (Yellow Jack, and My Bright Midnight) and Laurie Drummond (Anything You Say Can and Will be Held Against You.) and Hardy Jones ( Every Bitter Thing). For four years, ending in 2002, she was the fiction series editor of the University Press of Mississippi, where she selected and shaped several original works of fiction that became New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Times Picayne Notable Books of the Year.
The mother of two daughters, Anya and Kezia, she is married to the writer, poet, and therapist, Rodger Kamenetz.