FLORENCE, S.C. – Poet and fiction writer Ron Rash will give a public reading at Francis Marion University on Thursday, Feb. 28. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center lecture hall on the FMU campus. Admission is free.
Since the mid-1700s, Rash’s family has lived in the southern Appalachian Mountains – the region that most influences his writing. He was born in Chester, S.C., grew up in Boiling Springs, N.C., and graduated from Gardner-Webb College and Clemson University. He now lives in Clemson and teaches at Tri-County Technical College and Queens College.
In 1987 his fiction won a General Electric Younger Writers Award, in 1994 he was awarded a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1996 he won the Sherwood Anderson Prize. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such journals as the Yale Review, Georgia Review, Oxford American, New England Review, Southern Review, Shenandoah and DoubleTake. He is the author of “The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth” and “Casualties” (short stories); “Among the Believers,” “Eureka Mill” and “Raising the Dead” (poetry); “One Foot in Eden” (novel) and “The Shark’s Tooth” (a children’s book).
The public reading is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU. The Hunter Chair in English Literature was established in 1991 by three sisters – Dorothy Hunter Thames Ellis, Adelle Hunter West and Hattie Costa Hunter King – as a memorial to their parents, Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter.
Mr. Hunter made his life in Marion County, was once mayor of Marion, contributed to many different organizations throughout the Pee Dee area, and operated a successful automobile dealership in Florence for 40 years. Mrs. Hunter came to Marion as a schoolteacher, was active in church work and taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. She was a charter member of several literary clubs, garden clubs and community organizations.
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