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     Nonfiction writer Dinty Moore, will read essays from his book Between Panic and Desire (University of Nebraska Press), at 6 p.m. Monday, November 16, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Living/Learning Center University Room.

     A professor and director of creative writing at Ohio University, Mr. Moore was born and raised in Erie.  He earned a BA in writing at the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in creative writing at Louisiana State University.  He is a recipient of an NEA fellowship and edits the online nonfiction journal Brevity.  He also serves on the editorial board of Creative Nonfiction and the governing board of AWP.  He work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Fourth Genre, Seattle Review, and Black Warrior Review.  His other nonfiction books include The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes and The Accidental Buddhist.

     Publisher’s Weekly described his most recent book as “generational autobiography” and “cultural memoir,” calling the book a “quirky, entertaining joyride.”  Booklist says that “Moore forges a brisk, incisive, funny, sometimes silly, yet stealthily affecting memoir.”  Lee Gutkind, known widely as the “godfather of creative nonfiction,” states that Moore’s prose is “crisp and clean” and that his “insights sparkle with biting clarity and magnetic charm.”

     Mr. Moore is the final reader in a series being held on the Pitt-Johnstown campus this fall, sponsored by the Program in Creative and Professional Writing.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

     For more information on Mr. Moore visit  For additional information on the reading series, contact Dr. Michael W. Cox, Pitt-Johnstown, at 814-269-7159 or

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 11/6/2009 2:40:00 PM