Thursday, October 31, 2013
Ron Rash

Ron Rash

Poet/Novelist Ron Rash to Give Reading at Tri-County November 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              10/31/2013

CONTACT: RON RASH (828) 227-3917

(By Lisa Garrett)

         PENDLETON --- Award-winning poet and novelist Ron Rash says he's looking forward to connecting with former colleagues and students when he visits Tri-County Technical College Wednesday, November 6, for a book reading.

         He says he didn't hesitate to say yes when Interim Arts and Sciences Division Dean Robin McFall called and asked him to return for a reading as part of the College's Cultural Enrichment Series.  "I am glad to do so.  There are a lot of fine people at Tri-County Technical College," said Rash, who taught English at the College from 1986 until 2003. 

         The event will be held from 1:20 - 2:20 p.m. in the Marshall J. Parker Auditorium on the Pendleton Campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

         Rash will read from his new book of short stories, Nothing Gold Can Stay, as well as the novel Serena, which has been made into a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and will be released in April 2014.  Another of his novels, The World Made Straight, which garnered the 2006 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, had been made into a movie.  It stars singer/songwriter Steve Earle and actor Noah Wyle (ER and Falling Skies). The film will be released next year as well.

In addition to teaching Creative Writing at Western Carolina University, Rash holds the Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.  He is working on a new book.        

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 also received the 2005 Thomas and Lillie B. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing, presented by Morehead State University in Kentucky. The Fellowship of Southern Writers presented Rash the James Still Award for Writing of the Appalachian South in November 2004.

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, 646-1506.




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