Congratulations to Steven Moore for winning this year’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction with his work The Longer We Were There: A Memoir.
Steven Moore was born and raised in southeast Iowa and served seven years in the Iowa National Guard. He received his BA from the University of Iowa and MFA in creative nonfiction from Oregon State University. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review Online, the Georgia Review, North American Review, Ninth Letter, and BOAAT, among others. He and his wife live in Corvallis, Oregon.
Dinty W. Moore, the judge for AWP’s Creative Nonfiction Award, reflects on Moore’s work:
“The Longer We Were There is both a tale of our longest war and an astute coming-of-age memoir, the story of an English major who finds himself filling sandbags as an Iowa National Guardsman one day and deployed on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border the next. The prose is marked throughout by his compelling voice and precise description, and like Heller, Herr, and O’Brien before him, he understands that war can often be most hellish in its tedium. The Longer We Were There is an honest, absorbing, sharply observed narrative that questions both the nature of war and the nature of the stories we tell ourselves.”
Moore’s The Longer We Were There will be published by the University of Georgia Press in the fall of 2019. Last year’s winner, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi, by Wang Ping, was published by UGA Press on September 15, 2018.