Lisa Moore - Biography

Newfoundland writer Lisa Moore’s work has been described as sparse, imagistic, and subtle while at the same time being vicious and funny. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1964, Moore grew up there before heading to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax to pursue studies in visual arts. Although schooled as a painter, Moore made her name writing short stories. She first garnered critical acclaim for her 2002 collection of short stories, Open, which was nominated for the Winterset Award and the Giller Prize and won the Canadian Authors’ Association Prize for short fiction. Moore has also published another collection of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness (1995). By her own report, however, she “tasted the freedom of long-form fiction” while writing her Giller-nominated novel Alligator (2005) - which won the Commonwealth Writers' fiction prize - and followed that up with February (2009), a moving portrait of a woman whose husband is killed during the sinking of the oil rig Ocean Ranger. With the support of St. John’s “Burning Rock” writer’s group (whose members include Michael Winter, Ramona Dearing and Claire Wilkshire), Moore’s writing navigates the “struggle between … two notions of audience—those who know the place you write about, and those who must imagine it through the writing.” Ultimately, however, Moore acknowledges that she is “writing about Newfoundland whether [she] write[s] about it nor not.” Lisa Moore lives in St. John’s with her husband and two children.