Phyllis Wilson Moore is one of West Virginia's literature experts and authors. In 1995, Traditions, a Fairmont State College's scholarly publication, published her study of West Virginia's literature, Yes, We Have Authors: Reclaiming Our Literary History, which the WV Humanities Council later paid to re-publish and distribute 6000 copies of statewide as a free educational resource. She subsequently helped form an online source of all things literary in West Virginia called MountainLit. MountainLit has Phyllis' original essay, plus additional sections on award winners, West Virginia's African American authors, WV Children's literature, and links to individual authors' websites. She has won the John Henry Award and Appalachian Heritage magazine's the Denny G. Plattner Award, served as literary historian for the WV Humanities Council's Speaker's Bureau, and spent a year as a Scholar-in-Residence for Harrison Co. schools. In 2000, the Fairmont Arts and Humanities Commission designated Phyllis as one of its Patron of the Arts. She serves on the Advisory Board of the WV Folklife Center of Fairmont State College, and is a member of the WV History Association, The Center for Black Culture and History at West Virginia University, and three different library Friends organizations.