The Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series presents author Ron Rash at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Art Museum of South Texas. 

        The Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series presents New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Art Museum of South Texas.

         Rash said he learned from his illiterate grandfather, who made up stories for him, that “language can be magical.” Rash’s work includes poetry, short stories and novels.

A Washington Post reviewer said his recent novel, The Risen, is compelling and described Rash as a riveting story teller with an “absolutely sure sense of place.” Much of his work is set in Appalachia, where Rash said his family has “lived, worked, loved, and died for over two hundred years.” He notes that the writer Eudora Welty reminds us that intensely regional literature “is often the most universal.”
Reviewers also comment on the characters Rash creates. One said he “writes so well about real people, people one paycheck short of extinction, that you care what happens to his characters in every clause.”
Among his other novels are Serena, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The Cove, and Above the Waterfall. Short story collections include Chemistry and Other Stories and Burning Bright.
            In 2017, Rash was awarded a prestigious Guggeneheim Fellowship in Creative Writing. He also has received the O. Henry Prize twice and been a finalist twice for the PEN/Faulkner Award, once in 2007 for Chemistry and Other Stories, and again in 2009 for Serena.

Rash is the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture at Western Carolina University and previously taught high school and at a community college.

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