Congratulations to Ron Rash, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize! I was so honored to be shortlisted with Laura, Robin, David, and T.C. Boyle, but it was particularly exciting to hear “Appalachia” in the description of the winner’s work (if I could not hear “Tidewater,” that is). During his brief and gracious thank-you, Ron said how much he learned as a young writer from Irish writers, including Seamus Heaney and Frank O’Connor. You should read Ron’s beautiful winning collection, Burning Bright, if you haven’t already.
A few more photographs from Cork: