Bestselling Author To Kick Off Writer’s Festival

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Ron Rash
Ron Rash

Lee University will welcome bestselling novelist Ron Rash to campus on Thursday, Oct. 4, to begin the 2018-19 Writer’s Festival. Mr. Rash will present a reading at 7 p.m. in the Rose Lecture Hall in the Helen DeVos College of Education.

“Students and guests have a great opportunity to hear an award-winning author in Ron Rash when he visits our campus,” said Dr. Kevin Brown, professor of English. “His writings reveal truths about the South and the human heart, as uncomfortable as they both may be.”

Mr. Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller “Serena,” which was adapted into a 2014 movie directed by Susanne Bier and starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Mr. Rash is also the author of “Above the Waterfall,” in addition to four prizewinning novels, including “The Cove,” “One Foot in Eden,” “Saints at the River,” and “The World Made Straight;” four collections of poems; and six collections of stories. Among these collections are “Burning Bright,” which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and “Chemistry and Other Stories,” which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award.

Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Mr. Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.

“We are so glad that Ron Rash is coming to Lee to give a reading,” said Dr. William Woolfitt, associate professor of creative writing. “He reminds us that stories have the power to deepen our empathy.”

The Writer’s Festival will continue on Feb. 28, 2019, with poet Alison Pelegrin, author of “Big Muddy River of Stars,” which won the 2006 Akron Poetry Prize.

For more information on the Writer’s Festival, email Dr. Woolfitt at wwoolfitt@leeuniversity.edu.


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