NC Literary Hall of Fame



ASHEVILLE—Stephen Kirk will sit on the Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: "Agents and Editors" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville. Stephen will also serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart.

We selected a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel (one of Asheville's most famous texts) and removed a few words. Then we prompted Stephen to fill in the resulting blanks, for what we're calling "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition." Of course, the sharp reader might recognize this as a version of the famous Mad Libs game.

Below is Stephen Kirk's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"A destiny that leads the editor/layabout to the arrest is strange enough; but one that leads from Pfafftown into hijinks, and thence into the hills that wax in Altamont above the proud pea green cry of the sphincter, and the soft stone smile of a labradoodle, is touched by that dark benjo wa doko desu ka? which makes flowery magic in an action/adventure world.

"Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: fritter us into revision and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the ay, caramba! that ended yesterday in Macondo.

"The seed of our self-pity will blossom in Pfafftown, the 10W-30 of our cure high-stepped by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a indefatigable slattern, because a London puppet master was waylaid. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like a body slam, atoning home to Pfafftown, and every moment is a poutine on all time.

"This is a moment."


At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Stephen Kirk will serve as a reviewer for the Manuscript Mart. The Manuscript Mart provides writers with the opportunity to pitch their manuscripts and get feedback from an editor or agent with a leading publisher or literary agency. A one-on-one, thirty-minute pitch and Q&A session will be scheduled for you, to take place on Saturday, November 21, sometime between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm.

Please note, a Manuscript Mart session can lead directly to publication—but don't expect it to do so. Think of it, instead, as a learning opportunity, and you'll get more out of it.

Manuscript Mart sessions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday's Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: "Agents and Editors" is sponsored by Robert Beatty: Disney-Hyperion author of Serafina and the Black Cloak. At this popular program, Gary Heidt, Stephen Kirk, Neeti Madan, and Betsy Teter will discuss the business of submitting a manuscript for publication.

Stephen Kirk is the editor of Voices from the Outer Banks and the author of First in Flight: The Wright Brothers in North Carolina and Scribblers: Stalking the Authors of Appalachia. He has also contributed to Travel North Carolina and Sports in the Carolinas and has been reprinted in Best American Short Stories. The editor at John F. Blair, Publisher, since 1988, he lives near Winston-Salem.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference is now open.


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