BA/MA Welcome Back Potluck


This past Friday, BA/MA students and faculty gathered together for the first potluck of the year with great food and even better company. Sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather, first years, second years, and professors alike caught up on their summers and the beginning of their semesters with, of course, a few breaks in between to jump on the trampoline. Thank you to everyone who came out for the delicious food and a special thank you to Julia Kasdorf for hosting! We all can’t wait until the next event!






Ron Rash to Read September 26th


Join us this upcoming Monday, September 26th, as bestselling novelist, short story writer, and poet, Ron Rash, opens this year’s Mary E. Rolling Reading Series at 7:30 pm in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium.

Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena as well as One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, Above the Waterfall, and The Risen, released on September 6th. In addition to novels, Rash has also published five collections of poems and six collections of stories. Two of his short story collections have won awards as well: Burning Bright received the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and Chemistry and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award.  Rash is also a two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize and winner of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Publisher’s Weekly offers the following praise for Rash’s most recent novel, The Risen: “Beyond the propulsion of Rash’s thrilled whodunit plot is his characteristically excellent prose.”  Dannye Powell at The Charlotte Observer proclaims, “The Risen is an important novel – and an intriguing one – from one of our master storytellers. In its pages, the past rises up, haunting and chiding, demanding answers of us all.” The Philadelphia Inquirer has hailed him as “our Appalachian Shakespeare.”

In an interview for the South Carolina Review, Rash stated, “I don’t like living in cities.” His novels, short stories, and poetry, therefore, often have a focus on the lives of people in rural, southern settings.

Currently living in North Carolina with his family, Rash also teaches at Western Carolina University where he serves as the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies.

Tom Williams Reading Tonight


Tonight our reading series will come to a close with a final reading by Tom Williams. Williams is the author of The Mimic's Own Voice, Don't Start Me Talkin', and Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales, which was released in July of last year. An … [Continue reading]

Aryn Kyle Reading Tonight


Join us tonight for a reading by Aryn Kyle, an award-winning novelist and short fiction writer. Kyle is the author of The God of Animals, an international best-selling novel. Her latest work, Boys and Girls Like You and Me, is a short story … [Continue reading]

Charlotte Holmes Reading Tonight


Our very own Charlotte Holmes will be kicking off our Mary E. Rolling Series this semester tonight at 7:30 in Foster Auditorium. She will be reading from her brand new book of short stories, The Grass Labyrinth. Holmes is the director of the Creative … [Continue reading]

Merrill Gilfillan Reading


The Mary E. Rolling series finished up the semester with a reading from Merrill Gillfillan, author of numerous works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He read first from what he described as the "sometimes-slippery realm of non-fiction," … [Continue reading]

Vijay Seshadri Reading


Our Emily Dickinson lecturer, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, gave a reading last Thursday. Students and faculty filled every seat in Foster Auditorium, and still more stood in the back as Julia Kasdorf introduced Seshadri, describing his … [Continue reading]

Elizabeth Benedict Reading


Our Mary E. Rolling Reading Series kicked off on Thursday with a reading by Elizabeth Benedict. Benedict is the author of several books, including The Beginner's Book of Dreams, Almost, and The Joy of Writing Sex. Her latest book, Me, My Hair, and I: … [Continue reading]

Graduating BA/MA Reading!


Last year's BA/MA graduating class in their post-reading glow. In case you missed last year's BA/MA graduating cohort's reading at Webster's and you are still devastated by the loss, never fear! The tradition continues this Saturday, May 2, at … [Continue reading]

First Book Festival, April 2015

Our first-ever First Book Fest (held April 3 & 4) brought together MFA poetry grads who came back to campus to read from their books of poetry and lead community poetry workshops, BA/MA poetry students who introduced the poets at their readings, … [Continue reading]

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