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New York-born Rick Moody's first novel, Garden State (1992), was the winner of the 1991 Editor’s Choice Award from the Pushcart Press. The Ice Storm (Little, Brown and Company, 1994) generated foreign editions that have been published in 20 countries, and a film version, directed by Ang Lee, was released by Fox Searchlight in 1997, which won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.
In his collection of short fiction The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven (Little, Brown and Company, 1995), the title story was the winner of the 1994 Aga Khan Award from The Paris Review.
Moody’s third novel, Purple America (1997) led to wide distribution of foreign editions, and an anthology, Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (edited with Darcey Steinke) also appeared that year.
In 1998 Moody received the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2000 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2001, he published a collection of short fiction, Demonology, that was also published in Spain, France, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.
The memoir The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions (Little, Brown and Company, 2002) won the NAMI/Ken Book Award and the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence. The novel The Diviners won the Mary Shelley Award from the Media Ecology Association in 2005. That novel was followed by Right Livelihoods: Three Novellas in 2007, and the novel The Four Fingers of Death in 2010.
Moody's short fiction and journalism have been anthologized in Best American Stories 2001, Best American Essays 2004, Best American Essays 2008, Year’s Best Science Fiction #9, and Year’s Best Fantasy.
His radio pieces have appeared on The Next Big Thing, Re:Sound, Weekend America, Morning Edition, and at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. His album Rick Moody and One Ring Zero was released in 2004, and The Wingdale Community Singers, with whom he plays and write lyrics, has released two albums, the most recent of which is Spirit Duplicator (2009).
Moody is a former member of the board of directors of the Corporation of Yaddo, and served as secretary of the PEN American Center. He also cofounded the Young Lions Book Award at the New York Public Library.
He has taught at the State University of New York at Purchase, the Bennington College Writing Seminars, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the New York Writers Institute, and the New School for Social Research.
He attended Brown and Columbia universities, and lives in Brooklyn.