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Local Address:  Morgantown , West Virginia , United States

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  • Ph.D. , English
    University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • B.A. , Literature
    University of North Carolina-Asheville
  • M.A. , English
    University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Low-residency MFA , Fiction and Nonfiction Writing
    Southern New Hampshire University
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The Boise State Master of Fine ..., 28 Sept 2013 [cached]
The Boise State Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) reading series welcomed Wiley Cash, a critically acclaimed writer and professor in a low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University, on Thursday, April 11. Cash's novel, the New York Times bestseller, "A Land More Kind Than Home," shares the perspectives of three different characters who live in a small town in North Carolina and observe how religion, power and influence in the form of the occult can impact people in their everyday lives. While reading excerpts from his novel, he also gave the audience insight into crafting and ...
Gastonia native Wiley Cash says ... [cached]
Gastonia native Wiley Cash says telling a story through the perspective of a child allows for deeper emotional resonance. 'Children aren't driven by a need to protect themselves the way adults are,' he said. 'They'll be painfully honest.'
Gastonia native Wiley Cash says telling a story through the perspective of a child allows for deeper emotional resonance. 'Children aren't driven by a need to protect themselves the way adults are,' he said. 'They'll be painfully honest.' / special to Scene
Wiley Cash reads at noon Jan. 31 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, and later that day at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe in downtown Asheville, starting at 7 p.m. See for more details.
This weekend, Wiley Cash will receive one of our most prestigious local literary awards.
Just 36, Cash will win the Western North Carolina Historical Association's 2013 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award in a reception to be held at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The award recognizes his best-selling first novel "A Land More Kind Than Home," which takes its title from a Wolfe novel. His second novel "This Dark Road to Mercy" was released just a few days ago, on Jan. 28.
But Cash's star shines far beyond WNC, with accolades for his first book landing in national publications and Vanity Fair joking that he's "the Justin Timberlake of literature."
A native of Gastonia, Cash graduated from UNC Asheville and currently lives in Wilmington. He teaches writing at the low-residency MFA program in writing at Southern New Hampshire University.
Telling a story through the perspective of a child allows for deeper emotional resonance, says Cash. "Children aren't driven by a need to protect themselves the way adults are," he said.
In setting his second novel in his hometown of Gastonia, said Cash, he was able to explore areas of town he knows intimately, keenly aware of his responsibility to portray his hometown with respect and avoid stereotypes without overlooking its less appealing side.
"It's a fine line that I'm always conscious of," he said. In "A Land More Kind Than Home," he points out, the corrupt influences that come to hold the town in its grip come from outside. Cash says he was relieved that the novel was well received in Madison County and expressed to him that he "got it right."
Cash is now working on a novel set in 1929 during the southern miller workers' labor movement.
The presentation of the award to Cash will be 5-7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Magnolia Building next door to the historic Fernihurst House on the A-B Tech campus. Reservations are encouraged: or call 253-9231.
Gastonia native Wiley Cash will be awarded one of the most presitigious literary prizes around on Friday.
BETHANY - Contemporary writer ..., 23 Aug 2015 [cached]
BETHANY - Contemporary writer and New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will speak at Bethany College at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3,as part of the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series.
The presentation is part of the College's Homecoming Weekend.
Cash will discuss the process of creating a novel. He'll explain the journey he went through with his first novel, starting with the creative writing workshop where he wrote it, and then the process of getting an agent and an editor before publication.
Cash's first novel, "A Land More Kind than Home," rose to be a New York Times bestseller while he was teaching in the English department at Bethany College. In 2014, Cash published his second novel, "This Dark Road to Mercy."
The event will be held in the Academic Parlor of the historic Old Main on the Bethany College campus, and is free and open to residents of the Tri-State Area.
Cash will be available to autograph his books immediately following the lecture.
Add fine specialty spices known only to Wiley Cash.
Conversations with Wiley ..., 18 June 2012 [cached]
Conversations with Wiley Cash
Conversations with Wiley Cash
Conversations with Wiley Cash
WV LIVING takes a peek inside the mind of author Wiley Cash.
In his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, Wiley Cash takes us inside the haunting world of snake-handling in the Holiness movement in western North Carolina that Publisher's Weekly says is "...a chilling descent into the world of religious frenzy.
Cash exposes a corrupt ex-con-turned-preacher through the eyes of the local sheriff, an elderly midwife, and a daring young boy named Jess who is protective of his older, autistic brother.
A native of North Carolina, Wiley Cash is an assistant professor of English at Bethany College. He also teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program at Southern New Hampshire University. Cash currently lives in Morgantown with his wife, Mallory. A Land More Kind Than Home was published in April 2012 by William Morrow/HarperCollins.
WVLIVING - Your name is so distinctive and memorable. Is it a family name?
Wiley Cash - Wiley is a family name. It's the middle name of my grandfather and my father, so my parents decided to call me Wiley.
Learn more about Wiley Cash at
April 29, 2012 Bethany College ..., 29 April 2012 [cached]
April 29, 2012 Bethany College faculty member and author Wiley Cash, who held an official book-launching event at Bethany last weekend, is receiving considerable national (and even international) attention for his... more >>
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