Spalding’s School of Creative & Professional Writing welcomes new fiction faculty member Wiley Cash!



The School of Creative and Professional Writing is delighted to announce that novelist Wiley Cash has joined our fiction faculty. Wiley served as a guest fiction workshop leader for our Spring 2021 residency.

Photo by Mallory Brady Cash

An experienced and award-winning teacher, Wiley is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. His new novel, When Ghosts Come Home, is due out in September 2021. Wiley’s short stories and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Our State Magazine, and other publications, and his fiction has been adapted for the stage and film.


His honors include American Library Association Book of the Year, Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017, Southern Book Prize, Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, Weatherford Award, Bloodroot Mountain Prize, Thomas Wolfe Book Prize, and Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year. Wiley has received the Pat Conroy Legacy Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, among other prizes.


Wiley has taught creative writing and literature at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Bethany College, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from UL-Lafayette, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a B.A. in Literature from UNC-Asheville. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, photographer Mallory Cash, and their daughters.