Ron Rash Festival October 1st and 2nd Gardner-Webb University

Charles Dodd White made me aware of this. Wish I could go. No doubt some of you are. The fes­ti­val is spon­sored by Gardner-Webb's South­ern Appalachi­an Cul­ture Series.

Ron Rash cur­rent­ly holds the John Par­ris Chair in Appalachi­an Stud­ies at West­ern Car­oli­na Uni­ver­si­ty. His fam­i­ly has deep roots in the South­ern Appalachi­an Moun­tains, and most of his writ­ing reflects his con­nec­tion to the region. Rash grew up in Boil­ing Springs, North Car­oli­na, home to Gard­ner-Webb Uni­ver­si­ty, and earned his under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate degrees from Gard­ner-Webb and Clem­son uni­ver­si­ties, respec­tive­ly. Rash is the author of three book of poet­ry: Eure­ka Mill (1998), Among the Believ­ers (2000), and Rais­ing the Dead(2002); four books of short sto­ries: The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth(1994), Casu­al­ties (2000), Chem­istry (2007), and Burn­ing Bright (2010); and four nov­els: One Foot in Eden (2002), Saints at the Riv­er (2004), The World Made Straight (2006), and Ser­e­na (2008). His poet­ry and fic­tion have appeared in dozens of jour­nals, mag­a­zines, and antholo­gies, includ­ing The Long­man Anthol­o­gy of South­ern Lit­er­a­ture, Sewa­nee Review, Geor­gia Review, Keny­on Review, South­ern Review, Shenan­doah, and Poet­ry. Rash has been hon­ored with many awards, includ­ing an NEA Poet­ry Fel­low­ship, the Sher­wood Ander­son Prize, an O. Hen­ry Award, and received the James Still Award by the Fel­low­ship of South­ern Writ­ers. Two of his lat­est books, Ser­e­na and Chem­istry, were both final­ists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

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