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Rash inducted into NC Literary Hall of Fame

Ron Rash. File photo Ron Rash. File photo

With a list of novels, five books of poetry and seven collections of short stories, Ron Rash has garnered a number of prestigious awards in his writing career.

Now, a new designation celebrates his contribution to North Carolina letters.

Rash, the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, has been named to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

“We are thrilled that Ron Rash is being inducted in the NC Literary Hall of fame, a well-deserved honor,” said David Kinner, dean of WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Like WCU, Ron’s work is tied to our region, its history and its people, and through his writing, he has entertained us, moved us and made us think. Ron is a prolific author, an integral part of our community and our students benefit from being able to learn from him.”

Inductions to the Hall of Fame are held every other year and is a program of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Rash said he was grateful to be placed among authors who impacted his journey as a writer.

This is the second WCU faculty member to be named to the North Carolina Hall of Fame. Kathryn Stripling Byer was inducted in 2012. She served as the university’s poet-in-residence from 1988-98.

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