Catherine V. Moore is a writer and independent producer based in Fayette County, West Virginia, where she runs Beauty Mountain Studio. Her nonfiction and radio stories have been featured in the Oxford American, VICE, Yes!, the Virginia Quarterly Review, public radio stations across the U.S., and on the BBC.
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, she earned her BA in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. In 2013, she was selected by the Highlander Research and Education Center to serve as an Appalachian Transition Fellow with the “What’s Next, WV?” initiative, where she produced a series of video and audio pieces about how West Virginians are envisioning the future of their state in light of new economic challenges.
In 2016, Moore released Cedar Grove, an hour-long radio documentary co-produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Allegheny Mountain Radio, which examines the industrial past and post-coal future of a West Virginia town. Moore also co-founded the Paint Creek Audio History Project and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. Currently, she’s at work on a book of lyric essays about historic and modern socio-economic transformations in West Virginia for Ohio University Press / Swallow Press.