Lawrence Naumoff (born July 23, 1946) is a fiction writer who currently lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and was educated at the University of North Carolina, where he currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program.
Early in his career he published several stories under the pseudonym Peter Nesovich.
His novel, Taller Women, a Cautionary Tale, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1992. His most recent book, A Southern Tragedy, in Crimson and Yellow, although a novel and set over a number of years, is partially based on the true story of the 1991 Hamlet chicken processing plant fire. The book was awarded the 2005 Walter Raleigh Award for the best work of fiction by a North Carolina author.
Other prizes garnered by Naumoff include a Whiting Award, a Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Discovery Award, and the Carolina Quarterly Fiction Award.