Book of short stories earns English professor state’s top writing honor

Bill Rice awarded a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award KENNESAW, Ga.  (July 13, 2015)…

Georgia (Jul 14, 2015)Bill Rice awarded a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award

KENNESAW, Ga.  (July 13, 2015) — H. William “Bill” Rice, Kennesaw State University English department chair and professor, has won the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award for short stories, recognizing his recent collection of 15 stories in a book titled “The Lost Woods: Stories.”

Rice was among those recognized at the Georgia Writers Association’s 51st annual banquet and ceremony June 27.  He was among 116 nominees competing in 17 categories for this year’s awards. 

“It is quite rewarding to have my work recognized and honored by an organization that has such a long history of providing recognition and support for Georgia writers,” Rice said.  

Most of the stories Rice tells in his book, published in 2014 from University of South Carolina Press, are set in and around the fictional rural town of Sledge, S.C. from the 1930s to the present. They trace the evolution of two families – the Whites and the Chapmans — and depict the changes in hunting and land use over the past 80 years. Some of the stories are narrated in third person while others are told from the hunter’s perspective by a wide range of characters, from grown men and women to children. As they walk the woods in search of turkeys, deer or raccoons, the characters seek a lost connection to some part of themselves, reminding readers that hunting is inextricably entwined with identity and reflects both the nobility and depravity of human beings. 

An avid outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing, Rice’s short stories frequently appear in outdoor magazines like Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics and Big Sky Journal.

Rice also is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including “Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel” and "The Invisible Man in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man." 

Read more about Rice at or in the Kennesaw State magazine at

 — Sabbaye McGriff



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