Kirby Wright

Veteran Poet - 1,180 Points (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Biography of Kirby Wright

KIRBY WRIGHT was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Honolulu Weekly Nonfiction Award, the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii and lectured with Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic, the 2014 Resident Scholar at the Earthskin Artist Colony in New Zealand, and the 2015 Artist in Residence at the New York Mills Cultural Center in Minnesota. His futuristic thriller, THE END, MY FRIEND, and his second poetry collection, THE WIDOW FROM LAKE BLED, were both released in 2013. He was nominated an unprecedented three times in three different categories at the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. His third poetry collection, NOTES ABOVE WATER, was published in 2014. He will be filming his first short in Hollywood in 2016.

Kirby Wright's Works:

Poetry
THE GIRL WITH THE GREEN VIOLIN
Etched Press, La Mesa, CA
2015

NOTES ABOVE WATER, Selected Poems
ISBN#9780974106786
Lemon Shark Press, San Diego, California
2014

PRINCESS CATHY IN THE LAND OF REGRET
The Medulla Review Publishing
2014

THE WIDOW FROM LAKE BLED, Selected Poems
ISBN#9781467572613
Moon Pie Press, Westbrook, Maine
2013

PERMANENT DAMAGE
ISBN#9780986034343
The Last Automat Press, Patterson, New York
2013


BEFORE THE CITY
ISBN#9780974106700
Lemon Shark Press, San Diego, California
2003


Fiction
PRINCESS CATHY IN THE LAND OF REGRET, Flash Fiction
Medulla Publishing
2014

SQUARE DANCING AT THE ASYLUM: Nouveau Noir Flash Fiction
ISBN#9780974106779
Lemon Shark Press, San Diego, California

THE END, MY FRIEND: Prelude to the Apocalypse
ISBN#9780974106793
Lemon Shark Press, San Diego, California
2013
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MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA, Summers on the Lonely Isle
ISBN#9780974106724
Lemon Shark Press, San Diego, California
2007

PUNAHOU BLUES, a Hawaiian Novel
ISBN#9780974106717
Lemon Shark Press, San Diego, California
2005

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The Last Aztec Mocha

She announces to baristas and locals at the coffee bar that this will be her last Aztec Mocha for a year because she’s off to Hanalei Bay tomorrow morning. There’s an avalanche of hugs and tears. She wants to be missed. And she will be missed for her purchases and tapping out of caffeine-inspired monologues on the chocolate floor.

There will be no applause when she returns in twelve months. No one will admire her strings of puka shells, sniff her pikake perfume, or ask if Kauai’s waters are w

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