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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Ron Rash Kicks Off National Book Tour at Tri-County

(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.






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