ron rash

Cory Vaillancourt

This week on Blue Ridge Public Radio, we’ve been looking at the complex cultural identity of Southern Appalachia. In our first installment, we examined the 1972 film Deliverance – which presented some very negative stereotypes of the region.

That wasn’t the first time it happened, and it wouldn’t be the last.

Western Carolina University

Poet, novelist, and Western Carolina University professor Ron Rash has been named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2017.  Only 173 scholars, artists, and scientists from the U.S. and Canada receive the prestigious honor from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.  The fellowships are awarded "on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise."  Each fellow receives a $50-thousand award to support their work.