Friday, March 7, 2014

Award-winning poet and novelist Ron Rash will read from his novel, Serena, March 12.

Poet/Novelist Ron Rash Returns to Tri-County for March 12 Reading

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              3/4/2014
CONTACT: RON RASH (828) 227-3917
(By Lisa Garrett)

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         PENDLETON --- Award-winning poet and novelist Ron Rash will make a return visit to Tri-County Technical College March 12 to read from his novel, Serena.

         The event will be held from 1:20 - 2:20 p.m. in the Marshall J. Parker Auditorium on the Pendleton Campus.  The event, free and open to the public is part of the College's Cultural Enrichment Series.  
         Rash taught English at the College from 1986 until 2003.  Today, in addition to teaching Creative Writing at Western Carolina University, he holds the Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.
         His novel, Serena, has been made into a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and will be released this year.  Another of his novels, The World Made Straight, which garnered the 2006 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, has been made into a movie.  It stars singer/songwriter Steve Earle and actor Noah Wyle (ER and Falling Skies). The film will be released this year as well
         Rash is the author of other novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River and The Cove.  He published Eureka Mill, his first book of poetry, in 1998, and a collection of short stories, The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside North Carolina, was published in 1994.  Among the Believers, a book of poetry, and Casualties, a book of short stories, were published in 2000.  Other works include Chemistry and Other Stories, Raising the Dead, a children's book, The Shark's Tooth, published in 2001, and Burning Bright, a book of short stories in 2011.  
         In 2006 he received a writing fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.  Rash was among the nation's recipients of the prestigious O. Henry Prize for short fiction for 2005 and winner of the Weatherford Award for Fiction presented by the Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College for his second novel, Saints at the RiverOne Foot in Eden won the 2003 Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award and Foreword Magazine's Gold Medal for Best Literary Novel of 2002.

        He holds a B.A. in English from Gardner-Webb University and an M.A. in English from Clemson University. He and his wife, Ann, split their time between Clemson and Cullowhee.

           For more information, contact Lisa Garrett at 646-1506.





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