Jim and Phyllis Wilson Moore Featured Photographers
Kilby, W. C., Appalachian Heritage
Phyllis Moore is a living testament to the virtue of curiosity and the value of mountain literature. Through her work documenting the most important members of West Virginia's literary history, she has herself become one.
The Pennsylvania native moved to West Virginia in 1953 when she received a full tuition waiver to study nursing at the Fairmont General Hospital School of Nursing. After graduating, marrying West Virginian Jim Moore, and spending several years as a nurse educator, Phyllis Moore became interested in the literature of her new home state and frustrated by its obscurity. A door opened when a friend gave her a copy of The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake, which she credits as the first of three major influences on her research along with the lectures of the late Dr. Jim Wayne Miller of Western Kentucky University and the guidance of Dr. Judy P. Byers of Fairmont State University.
Along with her husband Jim, who often serves as photographer, Phyllis has since expanded that research into a voluminous collection of books, articles, dissertations, videos, posters, interviews, and photographs that is considered by many to be the paramount reference to West Virginia literature. …