ROD VAL MOORE was born in Ogden, Utah, but has spent most of his life in California, earning degrees in English from UC Berkeley and UC Davis, and a masters degree in linguistics from USC.
He has published short stories in a variety of journals, including The Western Humanities Review and Prairie Schooner. In 1994 he won the Iowa Fiction Award for his story collection, Igloo Among Palms, which was subsequently published by the University of Iowa Press, as well as by Hinterlands Press. In 2013 his novel A History of Hands won the Juniper Prize for Fiction, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and was published by them in 2014.
His novel with What Books Press, Brittle Star, was
nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Over the last few years he has completed residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in New York, Ragdale in Illinois, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. Over his long career in higher education, he has taught composition, linguistics, literature, and creative writing. Currently he lives in mid-city L.A. with his wife, the artist Lisa Bloomfield.
“Fiction is like a spider's web attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at four corners.”