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Ron Rash To Headline Writing Conference – Brevard NC


Brevard College and the Transylvania County Library Foundation will bring a new literary tradition to Brevard as they co-host the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference May 20-22. The conference takes place at Brevard College and will consist of readings and workshops from renowned guest faculty Rick Bass, Marjorie Hudson and Ron Rash.

Exploring the theme, “A Sense of Place,” the small, select group of conference attendees will experience working under the guidance of notable writers Bass, Rash and Hudson. In addition, the writers will give public presentations on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

American writer and environmental activist Bass will read Friday at 7:30 p.m. in The Porter Center for Performing Arts at Brevard College. General admission tickets for the event are $10. Bass is the author of over 20 books. His first short story collection, “The Watch,” set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, “The Hermit’s Story,” was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in “The Best American Short Stories” and in “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013.”

A book signing will follow the presentation. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 25, at the Transylvania County Library and may be purchased with cash or check only. Online ticket purchases will also be available. Contact the library for more information.

Saturday’s event featuring Hudson and Rash begins at 7:30 p.m. The readings and presentations will be in the library’s Rogow Room. There is no charge to attend, but seating is first-come, first-served. Doors to the Rogow Room open at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow the presentations.

Rash is the author of four collections of poetry: “Eureka Mill,” “Among the Believers,” “Raising the Dead,” and “The Waking.” His newest novel is “Above the Waterfall.” He penned the New York Times bestsellers “Serena” and “The Cove,” plus three other prizewinning novels, “One Foot in Eden,” “Saints at the River,” and “The World Made Straight;” and four collections of stories, among them “Something Rich and Strange,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Burning Bright,” which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and “Chemistry and Other Stories,” which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Rash was twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize. He teaches at Western Carolina University.

Hudson is the recipient of two Pushcart Special Mentions and a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship. She has published stories, essays, and poems in five anthologies and many magazines and journals. She writes on topics ranging from pond fishing to Sufi dancing, from extraordinary dogs to English explorers, from the artist’s life to the life of the monarch butterfly. Much of her work explores the links between history, the human spirit, and the natural world, and reviewers have compared her work to that of Thomas Hardy and Alice Munro. Hudson is a graduate of American University and holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She teaches fiction and nonfiction writing and lectures for the N.C. Humanities Council Road Scholars on history and creative writing technique.

Highland Books will be on hand both Friday and Saturday evenings with books available for sale.


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