Interview: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Welcome Anne Elizabeth Moore to the blog today.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I was born in a town in South Dakota really and truly called Winner. I lived in the Rosebud Reservation not too far away from there for a couple years and, honestly, it wasn’t too much later that I started writing. I went to a great high school; we kept journals really early on and I just took to it. I thought I was going to be a detective, so I took notes on everything. Then, when I grew up and started doing more investigative journalism, I realized I really did become a detective.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

Hip Hop Apsara: Ghosts Past and Present is a lyrical essay in pictures and words that describes a country moving from a static state of mourning into the most rampant economic development it’s experienced in at least 1,200 years. In image and text, loss and desire are sifted through to explore the state in between; that beautiful half-noticed sense between smell and sight and between hearing and touch that is pure unverifiable memory. Hip Hop Apsara is an apology, a coming-of-age tale, an expose, and a love story. The book looks at a very traditional nation beginning the process of integrating modern life—both the good (cultural forms, like hip hop) and the bad (the uneven distribution of wealth). It’s my first book of photographs, and my hope is that the reader falls in love with this place the same way I did.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I’m a really big Allan Gurganus fan, and parts of The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All mashed together different literary styles in a way that still floors me.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I’ll be working on the follow-up to Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh next, a book called New Girl Law ( that will also be half memoir, half investigative journalism. I’ll also be trying to get a book on the garment industry funded, pure journalism, but that’s probably going to take a couple years.

Where can we learn more about you?

My website,, or the book’s :

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