Ron Rash is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Rash was born in Chester, South Carolina, in 1953, grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. In 1994 he published his first book, a collection of short stories titled The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth. Since then, Rash has published four collections of poetry, six short story collections, and seven novels, all to wide critical acclaim and numerous awards and honors. Rash's poems and stories have appeared in more than 100 magazines and journals over the years. Serena, Rash's 2009 novel, received glowing reviews nationwide and was a 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist. A 2013 movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper was based on this New York Times Bestselling book. The short story collection, Burning Bright received the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
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With high praise from the first Nobel Laureate to win the literary prize on the strength of short stories alone, Mr. Rash would seem to have won a Nobel by proxy.
The University of South Carolina reprint, December 2014.
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