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A professional writer all of her adult life, Skye Moody writes both fiction and nonfiction, and has had published more than eighty essays, short stories, one-act plays and poems. Her books have won a "Mademoiselle Woman of the Year" award and a president's award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before turning full-time to fiction writing, she worked for 25 years as an international journalist and photojournalist, winning critical acclaim for her first two books of nonfiction, Hillbilly Women, and, Fruits of Our Labor: Soviet & American Workers Talk About Making a Living. Hillbilly Women was adapted for the stage and produced Off Broadway.
Covering social and environmental issues, Moody has traveled throughout the world, primarily in Third World and developing nations, including China, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Tadjikistan, Georgia, Russia, including northeastern Siberia, and East Africa. Going on location, she has covered such subjects as Chinese and Russian coal mining, reindeer herding in northern Siberia, textile mills and farming in Uzbekistan, river pollution in the Republic of Georgia, and the effects of acid rain in the Arctic Circle.
In the US, Ms. Moody was for five years a weekly columnist for New Orleans ' Times Picayune, and was a 1997 Poet-in-Residence at Tulane University, where she taught the novel.
As an East Africa bush guide in the mid-80's, Ms. Moody wrote cultural guides for physicians and led their safaris into the bush to help diagnose and treat Kenyan and Tanzanian tribal communities. Her numerous public appearances and lectures have included an invitation to address artists' rights in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a position on the faculty at the Lahti International Writers Conference in Lahti and Helsinki, Finland. Her black and white portraits of native peoples have been exhibited in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Irkutsk, Russia, in Tashkent and Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in Tblisi, Georgia, in Chengdu, China, and in New York and Seattle. She taught a fine arts photography workshop at Chengdu University in Sichuan Province, China.
Ms. Moody's seven novels in her endangered species mystery series include, Rain Dance, nominated for the Spotted Owl Award, Blue Poppy, Wildcrafters, which received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, Habitat, K Falls, Medusa, and The Good Diamond. The series is published by St. Martins Press and, in paperback, by Worldwide Press.
Ms. Moody is a former national board member of PEN American Center, a US branch of International PEN, and presently an active PEN member. She founded and edited Southern Lights, PEN's New Orleans based international literary anthologies.
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Books:Washed Up, September 2006