Oxford produces writers for the same reason that New York does, or Knoxville, or Milledgeville, or Bangor. You can’t pick where you’re born or raised. You take what you’re given, whether it’s the cornfields of the Midwest or the coal mines of West Virginia, and you make your fiction out of it. It’s all you have. And somehow, wherever you are, it always seems to be enough.
- Larry Brown, Billy Ray's Farm