UNC Asheville to Host an Evening with Acclaimed Appalachian Writers;
Tommy Hays and Ron Rash to Discuss Recent Work
UNC Asheville’s literature and language department
and Creative Writing Program will host an evening with celebrated
Southern Appalachian writers Tommy Hays and Ron Rash. Both will read
from and discuss their novels at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in UNC
Asheville’s Reuter Center Chestnut Ridge Room. The talks are free and
open to the public.
Hays is the author of three novels, “The Pleasure
Was Mine,” “Sam’s Crossing,” and “In the Family Way,” which was a
selection for the Book-of-the-Month Club and received the Thomas Wolfe
Memorial Literary Award. He is director of
the Great Smokies Writing Program, a consortium of Western North
Carolina writers and UNC Asheville. Hays is also the creative writing
director for the Academy at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the
Arts and Humanities. He reviews books for The Atlanta Constitution, is a
member of the National Book Critics Circle and is a frequent contributor
to Our State magazine.
Rash is the author of
three books of poetry, “Eureka Mill,” “Among the Believers,” and
“Raising the Dead,” and two collection of short stories, “The Night the
New Jesus Fell to Earth,” and “Casualties.” He is the author of two
acclaimed novels, “Saints at the River” and “One Foot in Eden,” which
received the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award for
2003 and Forward Magazine’s Gold Medal for the Best Literary Novel of
2002. He is currently the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian
Studies at Western Carolina University.
For more information,
call UNC Asheville’s Literature and Language Department at 828/251-6411.
- Dr. Richard Chess, UNC Asheville Professor of Literature and
- Jill Yarnall, UNC Asheville Public Information Assistant Director,