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ASHEVILLE—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Fall Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore. Luke Hankins will serve as a critiquer for the Critique Service.

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 Luke 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 Luke Hankins' contribution to "Word Plugs: The Thomas Wolfe Edition". To read the original passage, click here:

"Where is the day that dodged into one rich person wearing socks with sandals? Where the music of your hands, the allegro of your teeth, the dainty languor of your coat, your staticky firm bladder, your slender fingers, to be expanded like arugula, and the little cherry-rat of your white feet? And where are all the tiny blenders of finespun maidenhair? Quick are the archipelagos of earth, and quick the teeth that fed upon this chain of islands. You who were made for architecture, will design taxidermy no more: in your dark haunted houses the volcanoes are silent. Ghost, ghost, come back from that ankle sprain that we did not foresee, return not into Wonderland, but into Montford Cemetery, where we have never split open, into the enchanted wood, where we practiced origami, strewn on the widow's walk. Come up into the hills, O my young Rumi: return. O lost, and by the wind-grieved Alice, come back again."


At the NCWN 2015 Fall Conference, Luke will serve as a Critiquer. The Critique Service provides writers with in-depth literary critique of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, by a seasoned writer or editor. A one-on-one, thirty-minute review session will be scheduled for those who register, 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.

Critiques are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). A chapbook of his translations of French poems by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, I Was Afraid of Vowels...Their Paleness, was published by Q Avenue Press in 2011. His latest book, The Work of Creation: Selected Prose, is forthcoming from Wipf & Stock this winter. A graduate of the Indiana University MFA in Creative Writing program, where he held the Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Poetry, Hankins' poems, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including 32 Poems, American Literary Review, Books & Culture, The Collagist, Contemporary Poetry Review, Image, New England Review, Poetry East, storySouth, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Chronicle, as well as on the American Public Media national radio program "On Being." Hankins serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review, where he has been on staff for nine years, and he is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. His website is

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


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