Ron Rash is a South Carolina native and currently the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. He writes collections of short stories, poetry, and novels. His novel "Serena" has been adapted into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, set to be released in 2013.
Ron Rash (born 1953) in Chester, South Carolina is an American poet, short story writer and novelist who grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University.
In 1994 he published his first book, a collection of short stories titled The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth. Since then, Rash has published three collections of poetry, three short story collections, and four novels, all to wide critical acclaim and several awards and honors. Rash's poems and stories have appeared in more than 100 magazines and journals over the years. With each new book, Rash has confirmed his position as a central and significant Appalachian writer alongside well-established names like Fred Chappell, Lee Smith, and Robert Morgan.