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PRESS RELEASE: OCTOBER WRITER IN RESIDENCE MOIRA CRONE

ONE OF SOUTHERN LITERATURE’S GREAT CONTEMPORARY WRITERS
BRINGS HER CRAFT TO WOODY CREEK

Aspen, CO (October 6, 2015) – Short story writer and novelist Moira Crone will spend October at the Catto Shaw ranch in Woody Creek as the Aspen Words’ Writer in Residence for October. Crone hopes to make significant progress on her new novel, which is a story based in 1960’s North Carolina—the same state in which Moira was born and raised. In addition to her public talk and reading at the Woody Creek Community Center on October 15, Crone will visit an English class at Basalt High School as part of the Aspen Words’ Writers in the Schools initiative.

Crone’s most recent novel is The Ice Garden, a Southern gothic tale set on the eve of the Civil Rights Movement, published last fall. Narrated by ten-year-old Claire, the novel gives a finely tuned portrait of mental illness and its crippling effect on a mother and her family. It was recently awarded the Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Awards (Southeast). Aspen Words is distributing free copies of The Ice Garden to familiarize community members with Crone’s work before her event. Pick-up locations are in the Red Brick Building in Aspen, and at the Woody Creek Community Center.

Born and raised in Goldsboro, North Carolina—a small town in tobacco country—Crone brings the American South into much of her work and has drawn comparisons to Flannery O’Connor. In 2009, she received the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers for the body of her work. The citation called her “a writer’s writer…with a musical ear and an epic heart for her beleaguered, if often witty characters.”  Crone won the Philip K. Dick Award, an international prize for science fiction for her novel The Not Yet, which was her first work in that genre. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Image Journal, and Southern Review, among other magazines, as well as over two-dozen anthologies.  Former director of the MFA program at Louisiana State University, she left full time teaching in 2009 to devote herself to her writing. Since then, she has given readings and workshops at conferences in Europe, Singapore, Mexico, and The Bahamas as well as throughout the US.

Debut memoirist and former Summer Words student Marcia Butler will join Aspen Words in November as the final Writer in Residence for 2015.

MOIRA CRONE EVENT DETAILS
Thursday, October 15 at 6pm
Woody Creek Community Center
FREE
More information at aspenwords.org.

Any questions can be directed to: 
Caroline Tory
Program Associate of Marketing & Communications
Aspen Words | The Aspen Institute
Caroline.Tory@aspeninstitute.org
Phone: 970-925-3122 ext 3#