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Ron Rash

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Ron Rash is an American poet, short story writer and novelist, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University.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 three collections of poetry, three short story collections, and four novels, all to wide critical acclaim and several awards and honors. Rash's poems and stories have appeared in more than 100 magazines and journals over the years. With each new book, Rash has confirmed his position as a central and significant Appalachian writer alongside well-established names like Fred Chappell, Lee Smith, and Robert Morgan. Serena, Rash's latest novel, has received favorable reviews nationwide and was a 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical, Mystery
   One Foot in Eden (2002)
   Saints at the River (2004)
   The World Made Straight (2006)
   Serena (2008)
   The Cove (2012)
   Above the Waterfall (2015)
   The Risen (2016)
   The Caretaker (2023)
   The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth (1994)
   Eureka Mill (poems) (1998)
   Among the Believers (poems) (2000)
   Casualties (2000)
   Raising the Dead (poems) (2002)
   Chemistry and Other Stories (2007)
   Burning Bright (2010)
   Waking (poems) (2011)
   My Father Like a River (2013)
   Nothing Gold Can Stay (2013)
   The Ron Rash Reader (2014)
   Something Rich and Strange (2014)
   Poems: New and Selected (poems) (2016)
   Southword 36 (2019) (with others)
   In the Valley (2020)
Series contributed to
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Ron Rash recommends
Night Watch (2023)
Jayne Anne Phillips
"Jayne Anne Phillips is a wonderfully gifted storyteller, and few contemporary writers can match the lyricism of her prose, but in this marvelous new novel, largely set in a factual nineteenth-century asylum, she achieves even more: history and imagination merge, and she gives the past a living pulse."
Prophet Song (2023)
Paul Lynch
"Surely one of the most important novels of this decade."
Lighthouse Burning (2023)
(Harlan Winter, book 1)
Jordan Farmer
"In his narrator, Hollis Bragg, Jordan Farmer has created a compelling character whose personal story and damaged body become emblematic of a whole region devastated by environmental destruction. The Poison Flood is a timely and important novel."

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Books containing stories by Ron Rash
The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 (2019)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
Jonathan Lethem and Otto Penzler
The Best American Short Stories 2018 (2018)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Roxane Gay
Our Prince of Scribes (2018)
Writers Remember Pat Conroy
edited by
Jonathan Haupt and Nicole Seitz

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Award nominations
2009 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Serena
2008 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Chemistry and Other Stories

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