Cultural Critic Anne Elizabeth Moore Wins Free House in Detroit FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 12, 2016
DETROIT, MI— Write A House is delighted to announce that the next writer to be awarded a Detroit house is Anne Elizabeth Moore, a writer, artist, editor, and cultural critic from Chicago. She was a 2014 nonfiction finalist who submitted a work of comics journalism as her writing sample. “In this smart, informative, and entertaining graphic work, the author deconstructs food, service, garment and waste industry labor and manufacturing practices,” wrote judge Tamara Warren in her citation. That writing sample has become part of Moore’s new book, Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking (Microcosm Publishing), which will be published in May 2016.
While historically, Write A House has held a new round of judging for each house, we are now accelerating work on homes and awarding them to a number of finalists from every round. Thanks to the great grassroots support, this project is experiencing growing momentum. In less than two years,Write A House has rehabbed three longtime vacant homes and given two away, for keeps, to talented writers. We are happy and proud to be awarding this third one to Moore, a past finalist, whom we believe will be a strong addition to the literary landscape of Detroit. And, it should be noted, we are currently fundraising to rehab our fourth house.
Moore was chosen first and foremost for the quality of her work. She has written for The Baffler, Truthout, The New Inquiry, The Rumpus, Jacobin, Tin House, and other publications. It combines Moore’s reporting with illustrations by the Ladydrawers Comics Collective to draw connections between the international sex and garment trades and human trafficking. She is also the author of Unmarketable (New Press), and, from Cantankerous Titles, New Girl Law and Cambodian Grrl. She is the founding editor of Best American Comics, and the former editor of Comics Journal and Punk Planet. Moore has been a Fulbright scholar, a UN Press Fellow, and a USC Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. She has been a longtime lecturer at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, from which she earned her graduate degree. She also earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Moore is online at @superanne and www.anneelizabethmoore.com.
In addition, Moore was further vetted by Write A House’s application director and board for her ability to contribute to the neighborhood and to the literary culture of Detroit. Moore will receive the third home that Write A House has renovated in Detroit’s Banglatown neighborhood, working in partnership with Detroiters for Environmental Justice, Zac Cruse Construction Company, and Patrick Thompson Designs. She has indicated that she’s interested in focusing her long-standing comics journalism efforts on the land, housing, and water rights issues that plague the state of Michigan.
By renovating vacant homes in a diverse Detroit neighborhood, in partnership with DWEJ, Write A House is not only building the literary arts in Detroit, but it is providing vocational education for Detroiters and stabilizing neighborhoods. Our first winner, poet Casey Rocheteau, moved into her new home in November 2014. Our second winner, journalist Liana Aghajanian, moved into her home in February 2015.
Write A House anticipates opening its next open application round in early summer 2016. Details about the process and the Write A House program can be found at www.writeahouse.org.
Interested writers and non-writers alike can help this project by donating to Write A House, a 501c3 nonprofit, on our website through Fundly.