Author Ron Rash to speak at FMU, Oct. 20
FLORENCE, S.C. – Author Ron Rash will speak at Francis Marion University on Thursday, Oct. 20. Rash will read from and discuss his work beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
The speech is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU.
Rash will also meet with FMU students the next day to discuss his novel, “One Foot in Eden,” which FMU’s composition program has adopted as a common text. This will be Rash’s third visit to FMU.
Rash – whose family has lived in the southern Appalachian Mountains since the mid-1700s – was recently named the first Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb College and Clemson University and the author of two acclaimed novels, “One Foot in Eden” and “Saints at the River”; three books of poetry, “Eureka Mill,” “Among the Believers” and “Raising the Dead”; two collections of short stories, “The Night The New Jesus Fell to Earth” and “Casualties”; and one book for children, “The Shark’s Tooth.”
Rash’s poetry and fiction have been published in more than 80 journals and magazines. Among the many honors and awards he has received are an NEA fellowship in poetry and the Sherwood Anderson Prize for fiction. “One Foot in Eden” won the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award and Forward Magazine’s Gold Medal for Best Literary Novel.
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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