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|Born||September 25, 1953|
Chester, South Carolina, United States
|Occupation||Novelist Previously an English Instructor at Tri-County Technical College|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
Masters of Arts
|Alma mater||Gardner-Webb University, Clemson University|
Nothing Gold Can Stay
|Notable awards||Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award |
|Children||1 daughter, 1 son|
Rash was born on September 25, 1953 in Chester, South Carolina and grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University from which he holds a B.A. and M.A. in English, respectively.
Rash's poems and stories have appeared in more than 100 magazines and journals. Serena received enthusiastic reviews across and beyond the United States and was a 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist.
In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Rash has achieved international acclaim as a short story author, winning the Frank O'Connor Award in 2010 for Burning Bright.  Recent work such as The Outlaws (Oxford American, Summer, 2013) focused on ordinary lives in southern Appalachia. Scholars have praised his ability to find the universal within the particulars of place, citing his writing's "universal appeal, lyrical grace, and narrative efficiency." Jim Coby examined Rash's use of mystery thriller tropes in One Foot in Eden. While Rash’s work certainly fits within the “Appalachian Noir” genre, a critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution has asserted that “Rash belongs to the loftier realm of literary fiction.” 
Ron Rash holds the John and Dorothy Parris Professorship in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, where he teaches poetry and fiction-writing in the Department of English.
List of works
- Eureka Mill (1998)
- Among the Believers (2000)
- Raising the Dead (2002)
- Deals with loss and displacement as a result of the flooding of Jocassee Valley, S.C.
- Waking (2011)
Short story collections
- The Night The New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina (1994)
- Casualties (2000)
- Chemistry and Other Stories (2007)
- Thirteen short stories, eight of which were previously published in Casualties ("Chemistry," "Last Rite," "Not Waving But Drowning," "Overtime," "Cold Harbor", "Honesty", "Dangerous Love," "The Projectionist's Wife,"). Also includes the O. Henry Prize Winner "Speckled Trout" as well as "Pemberton's Bride," a story that gives a taste of Rash's forthcoming novel.
- Burning Bright (2010)
- Nothing Gold Can Stay (2013)
- Something Rich and Strange (2014)
- In the Valley (2020)
- Stories and a novella based on Serena
- One Foot in Eden (2002)
- Fleshes out the characters and themes of Raising the Dead. It tells the story of a community displaced disguised as a murder mystery and imbued with Rash's poetic language.
- Saints at the River (2004)
- About a South Carolina community torn over the issue of environmentalism.
- The World Made Straight (2006)
- Both a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s Appalachia and a meditation on the role of the past in the present, in this case a Civil War massacre that has divided Madison County, N.C. ever since.
- Adapted to a feature film, released in 2015
- Serena (2008)
- The ambitious wife of a North Carolina timber baron, Serena, brings the spirit of Lady MacBeth to depression-era North Carolina.
- Adapted to a feature film, released in 2014
- The Cove (2012)
- A family is afflicted with a series of grave misfortunes. Their lives, particularly Laurel's, are interrupted at the arrival of a mute stranger who has been found after suffering a severe number of wasp stings.
- Above the Waterfall (2015)
- Set in contemporary Appalachia, about lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.
- The Risen (2016)
- The Shark's Tooth (2001)
- The Woman at the Pond (The Southern Review, Vol. 46.4, 2010)
- The Outlaws (Oxford American, Summer, 2013)
- 1987: General Electric Younger Writers Award 
- 1996: The Sherwood Anderson Prize
- 2002: Novello Literary Award (One Foot in Eden)
- 2002: ForeWord Magazine's Gold Medal in Literary Fiction (One Foot in Eden)
- 2002: Appalachian Book of the Year (One Foot in Eden)
- 2004: Fiction Book of the Year by the Southern Book Critics Circle (Saints at the River) 
- 2004: Fiction Book of the Year by the Southeastern Booksellers Association (Saints at the River) 
- 2004: Weatherford Award for Best Novel of 2004 (Saints at the River) 
- 2005: James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers 
- The Short story "Speckled Trout" was included in the 2005 O. Henry Prize Stories. This story formed the basis for the first chapter of The World Made Straight.
- 2008: Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (Chemistry and Other Stories) 
- 2009: Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (Serena) 
- 2010: The Best American Short Stories 2010 for "The Ascent" 
- 2010: Heasley Prize at Lyon College
- 2010: Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award (Burning Bright) 
- 2010: Inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors 
- 2011: SIBA Book Award (Fiction) for Burning Bright 
- 2012: David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction for The Cove 
- 2018: The Best American Short Stories 2018 (Fiction) for "The Baptism" 
New York Times Bestseller list
- Serena was listed as #34 for Hardcover Fiction in the November 2, 2008 issue of The New York Times Book Review.
- The Cove was listed as #16 for Hardcover Fiction in the April 29, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review and remained on the list as #29, #22, and #31 for the three subsequent weeks.
- Nothing Gold Can Stay was listed as #28 for Hardcover Fiction in the March 10, 2013 issue of The New York Times Book Review.
- "SERENA by Ron Rash" (Press release). Literary Agency Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc. March 11, 2008.
- Kingsbury, Pam (2004). "Language Can Be Magical: An Interview with Ron Rash". Southern Scribe. Pam Kingsbury. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
- Review of Burning Bright', The Independent (UK), August 21, 2011
- Flood, Alison (2010-09-20). "Frank O'Connor award goes to Ron Rash". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
- Lang, John (2013), Understanding Ron Rash, University of South Carolina Press
- Coby, Jim (2019). "'I ain't going to the jailhouse if I can help it': The Thriller Impulse in Ron Rash's One Foot in Eden". Clues: A Journal of Detection. 37 (1): 19–29.
- Van Atten, Suzanne (2020-09-09). "Ron Rash revisits 'Serena' with gripping new novella". The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
- Rash, Ron (1998). Eureka Mill. Columbia, SC: Bench Press. ISBN 0-930769-14-7.
- Rash, Ron (September 2001). Eureka Mill (Paperback). Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Project. p. 64 pp. ISBN 1-891885-20-0.
- Rash, Ron (2000). Among the Believers (Paperback). Oak Ridge, TN: Iris Press. ISBN 0-916078-50-7.
- Rash, Ron (2002). Raising the Dead (Paperback). Oak Ridge, TN: Iris Press. ISBN 0-916078-54-X.
- Rash, Ron (2011). Waking (Hardback). Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press. ISBN 978-1-891885-82-2.
- Rash, Ron (1994). The Night The New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina. Columbia, SC: Bench Press. ISBN 0-930769-11-2.
- Rash, Ron (2000). Casualties. Beaufort, SC: Bench Press. ISBN 0-930769-14-7.
- Rash, Ron (2007). Chemistry and Other Stories. New York, NY: Picador. ISBN 0-312-42508-2.
- Rash, Ron (2020). In the Valley. Doubleday.
- Rash, Ron (2002). One Foot in Eden (Hardcover). Charlotte, NC: Novello Festival Press. pp. 240 pp. ISBN 0-9708972-5-1.
- Rash, Ron (2004). One Foot in Eden (Trade paperback). New York: Picador. pp. 240 pp. ISBN 0-312-42305-5.
- Rash, Ron (2004). Saints at the River (Hardcover) (1st ed.). New York: Henry Holt. pp. 288 pp. ISBN 0-8050-7487-2.
- Rash, Ron (2005). Saints at the River (Trade paperback). New York: Picador. pp. 256 pp. ISBN 0-312-42491-4.
- Rash, Ron (April 2006). The World Made Straight (Hardcover) (1st ed.). New York: Henry Holt. pp. 304 pp. ISBN 0-8050-7866-5.
- Rash, Ron (October 2008). Serena (Hardcover) (1st ed.). New York: Ecco Press. pp. 371 pp. ISBN 978-0-06-147085-1.
- Rash, Ron (2016). The Risen. HarperCollins.
- Woodward, Garrett (2014). "In search of the perfect word". Smoky Mountain News. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
- "Ron Rash Bio". National Endowment of the Arts. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
- "Past Weatherford Award Winners". Berea College. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
- "FSW James Still Award". Fellowship of Southern Writers. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
- "Past Winners List". The O. Henry Prize Stories. Retrieved 2006-05-02.
- "Author Spotlight: Ron Rash". The O. Henry Prize Stories. Retrieved 2006-05-02.
- "Past Award Winners & Finalists". Pen/Faulkner. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
- "Past Winners List". PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- "Table of Contents: The Best American Short Stories 2010". Schlow Center Region Library. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
- Flood, Alison (2010). "Frank O'Connor award goes to Ron Rash". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
- "Inductees". South Carolina Academy of Authors. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
- Bailey, Dana (2011). "2011 SIBA Book Award Winners". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
- "Past Winners List". David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- "Ron Rash's "The Baptism"". Google Books - "The Best American Short Stories 2018". Retrieved 2021-11-29.
- "Hardcover Fiction Books - Best Sellers - November 2, 2008 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
- "Hardcover Fiction Books - Best Sellers - April 29, 2012 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
- "Hardcover Fiction Books - Best Sellers - March 10, 2013 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-29.