Interview with Wiley Cash
photo by Mallory Brady Cash
Recently Still: The Journal fiction editor Silas House interviewed novelist Wiley Cash for his radio series On the Porch. Cash talks about the themes that unite his novels, current events, his life growing up in Gastonia, North Carolina, and writing about race.. Below is a short excerpt from the interview. The entire audio interview can be accessed at WUKY On the Porch.
Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of the novels The Last Ballad (2017), A Land More Kind Than Home (2012), andThis Dark Road to Mercy (2014). Raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, he currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina. The New York Times review of The Last Ballad notes: “Cash, with care and steadiness, has pulled from the wreckage of the past a lost moment of Southern progressivism. Perhaps fiction can help us bear the burden of Southern history, which is pressing down hard on us today.”
SH: Beyond that, if you had to boil it down to the main theme of the book, what would that be for you?
SH: Of course, that’s really timely. It seems our national conversation becomes more and more about those things.
SH: Do you think that as a novelist that you have a theme that unites all three of your novels? If so, what is it?
SH: Did you declare an artistic sensibility early on as a child or did that come later for you?
SH: You have written so frequently about race. I’m wondering what your experiences were?
Listen to the complete interview and to Cash reading an excerpt from The Last Ballad at WUKY On the Porch with Silas House.