Catherine Moore writes literary nonfiction and produces radio. While in residence, she worked on two longform nonfiction pieces, “Mystery Walls” and “Hank,” which will be included in her forthcoming essay collection, tentatively titled Transmontane. The book explores key moments of social and economic transformation in the southern coalfields of West Virginia, grapples with Appalachian identity, and asks questions about the region's future survival. In addition, Moore’s essay “The Book of the Dead” was selected for inclusion in the 2017 Best American Essays anthology while she was at MacDowell.
Catherine Moore worked in the Star studio.
Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…