Creative Writing, Fiction, English, MFA


Liz Moore is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. She received her B.A. in English from Barnard College and her M.F.A. in fiction from Hunter College. Her first novel was The Words of Every Song (Broadway Books/Random House, 2007). Her second, Heft, was published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, and it appeared on several “Best of” lists that year, including NPR’s and the Apple iBookstore’s. It was also longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and received the Medici Book Club Prize and Philadelphia’s Athenaeum Literary Award.

In 2014, Moore won a Rome Prize in Literature, and she spent the 2014–15 academic year at the American Academy in Rome, finishing her third novel. That novel, The Unseen World (W.W. Norton, 2016), was included on year-end “Best of” lists by The New Yorker, the BBC, Publishers Weekly, Audible, and Vox, and was included on The American Library Association’s Notable Books List in 2017.

In 2020, Moore published the novel Long Bright River. The book, which became a New York Times and international bestseller, was a Good Morning America book club pick and appeared on a list of Barack Obama's favorite novels of the year. Long Bright River is now published or to be published in 25 foreign territories.

Moore's short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in venues such as The New York Times, Tin House, and Narrative Magazine. She has taught creative writing at Hunter College, the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently as an Associate Professor at Holy Family University.


Selected Publications

  • Long Bright River (Riverhead, 2020)
  • The Unseen World (W.W. Norton, 2016)
  • Heft (W.W. Norton, 2012)
  • The Words of Every Song (Broadway Books/Random House, 2007)

Courses Taught

  • Fiction Workshop
  • Manuscript Tutorial
  • Studies in Creative Writing: Fiction
  • The Short Story