SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford Writers Series and the “Cornbread and Sushi Series: Exploring the Real and Imagined Rural South” will welcome three authors to campus this fall.
All events are free and open to the public.
Ron Rash will speak at 4:30p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Olin Teaching Theater. He is the author of the prize-winning novels “One Foot in Eden” and “Saints at the River,” as well as three collections of poetry and two of short stories. His latest novel, “The World Made Straight,” was released in April 2006. He is the recipient of several awards, including the O. Henry Prize and the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Rash holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University and lives in Clemson, S.C.
Ann Fisher-Wirth will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Olin Teaching Theater. Fisher-Wirth is the author of “William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature” and two books of poetry, “Blue Window” and “Five Terraces.” She is professor of English at the University of Mississippi.
James C. Cobb will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the McMillan Theater. Cobb has written widely on the interaction between economy, society and culture in the American South. His books include “The Selling of The South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-1990,” “The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity,” and “Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity.” He received the 2006 Georgia Author of the Year Award in History for his book, “The Brown Decision, Jim Crow, and Southern Identity.” Cobb is the B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia.
The Writers Series has been an important resource for the Wofford literary community since 1984. Since then it has brought to campus four or five writers each year, ranging from the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney to promising and important regional writers such as George Singleton, all of whom read from their work and meet informally with students, faculty and guests.
“Cornbread and Sushi,” a course being taught by Dr. Deno Trakas and John Lane with financial support from the Watson-Brown Foundation of Georgia, is designed to provide a rare academic experience for their students – an impressive slate of visiting writers, historians and performers.