Ron Rash Kicks Off National Book Tour
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/6/2006
CONTACT: LISA GARRETT, 646-1506
(By Lisa Garrett)
PENDLETON --- Award-wining poet and novelist Ron Rash begins his national
book tour March 16 with a reading at Tri-County Technical College. Rash,
who taught English at the College from 1986 until 2003, will read from
his new novel, The World Made Straight, at 7 p.m. in the Marshall J.
Parker Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the Tri-County Cultural Enrichment
Committee, is free and open to the public.
He is the author of two other novels, One Foot in Eden and Saints at
the River. He currently holds the Parris chair in Appalachian Studies
at Western Carolina University and teaches English at the University.
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 River. One 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.
Rash 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 Believers, a book of poetry, and Casualties, a book of short stories,
were published in 2000.
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, have two children.
For more information, contact Dr. Mary West at 646-1384.