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ASHEVILLE—Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference, November 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, is now open. Poet Katherine Soniat will lead the workshop "Personal Poetry Dives into Archetype."

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 Vicki 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 Katherine Soniat's contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"He wanted no land of author: his fantasies found extension in reality. And he saw no reason to climb that there really were 1,200 windows in Moonland, and that the Persian bats, the hippogriff, and Violet the Fairy might all be whizzed by in their proper places. He believed that there was twinkling in No Man's Land, and genii stopped up in wizards’ men. Moreover, since Ben’s death, the boys had grown on him that men do not run from Sisters of Mercy because life is dull, but that the Brothers and Fathers of St. Lawrence save from men because men are sweet. He felt that the passions of the cemetery were greater than the actors. It seemed to him that he had never had a great moment of waiting in which he had remembering to its fullness."


Katherine Soniat will lead the workshop "Personal Poetry Dives into Archetype."

Using their own experiences, registrants will make a journey into archetypal imagery to deepen their approach to writing. In this workshop, they will swim to another level in which time and space shift, place becomes surprise, and voice is heard in a different key. The “hungry ghost” is always there, willing to share more of a vivid terrain! As poet Eva Saulitus says, “I write to feed the hungry ghost, the one for whom inspiration leaps like a saved rabbit among the trees.” Those flashing moments are when one discovers poetry.

Katherine Soniat’s seventh collection, Bright Stranger, is forthcoming from LSU Press, spring 2016. The Swing Girl (LSU Press) was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. A chapbook, The Goodbye Animals, recently received the Turtle Island Quarterly Award. A Shared Life won The Iowa Prize for Poetry. Poems have appeared in World Poetry Portfolio #60, Hotel Amerika, Threepenny Review, The Nation, storySouth, and Connotations Press. She was on the faculty at Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and teaches in the Great Smokies Writers Program at UNC-Asheville. Website:

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


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