Catawba College Professor Wins Prize in Fiction Contest
July 1, 2009
Local novelist Dr. Kurt Corriher, who serves as professor of German, Acting, Dramatic Literature, and Film Criticism at the institution, won third prize in the Writers' Workshop of Asheville's annual Meet the Writers fiction contest.
Several months ago, Corriher was also one of nine finalists for the Thomas Wolfe fiction prize, with his work selected from more than 130 entries.
A native of Rowan County, Corriher also serves as program coordinator for Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values and director of the Catawba College community Forum. A former Fulbright Fellow to Vienna, Austria, Corriher earned his undergraduate degree in German and history from Davidson College, his master of fine arts degree in drama and his Ph.D. in German from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught German at Mercer University and Catawba College, served as the director of education programs at The Sequoia Institute in Sacramento, California, and as director of computer services at Catawba. Additionally, he was employed as a technical writer and hardware services supervisor by Food Lion, Inc. and has worked as a business software consultant and developer.
Outside of his varied jobs, Corriher has worked as a contract writer for various area businesses and agencies. He has written a novel, "Someone to Kill," published in 2002.