Rick Moody was born in New York City. He is the author of six novels (Garden State, The Ice Storm, Purple America, The Diviners, The Four Fingers of Death, and Hotels of North America), three collections of stories (The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, Demonology, and Right Livelihoods), a memoir (The Black Veil), and a collection of essays, On Celestial Music. With Darcey Steinke, he edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited, and with Rob Spillman, he edited Fantastic Women, a collection of innovative writing by women writers. His novel, The Ice Storm, was adapted for film by director Ang Lee, and won the award for best screenplay at the Cannes International Film Festival. His short fiction and essays have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, etc. He has been widely anthologized, including in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Spiritual Writing, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at Tin House and Conjunctions, and serves on the board of Archipelago Books and The Corporation Yaddo. His awards including the Aga Khan Award from The Paris Review, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Officier de L’Ordre des Arts a des Lettres, from the Republique Francaise, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for excellence in the memoir, and others. He regularly reviews music at The Rumpus, Salon, and elsewhere, and is a columnist at LitHub. He has also released six albums of songs with various collaborators, the most recent of which was The Unspeakable Practices, with Kid Millions of Oneida.