Ron Rash is the author of several novels, including the prizewinning Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight, both published by Picador. In addition, he is the author of two collections of short stories, including Chemistry and Other Stories, also available from Picador, and three collections of poetry. He is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize and the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. For Saints at the River he received the 2004 Weatherford Award for Best Novel and the 2005 SEBA Best Book Award for Fiction. His work has been featured in The Yale Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. Rash holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University and lives in Clemson, South Carolina.