Pfeiffer University News
Friends of Pfeiffer University Library Welcomes Stanly County Native, Author Shelby Smoak
- Published on Tuesday, October 01, 2013 ( 3:31 pm )
On Thurs., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, the Friends of Pfeiffer University Library presents its fall 2013 author event, featuring Stanly County native Shelby Smoak. The cost is $10 per person; brunch will be served, Pfeiffer Library, 2nd floor, Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Hwy 52N.
Mr. Smoak's award-winning book, Bleeder: A Memoir (Michigan State University Press) narrates his struggle during college at UNC Wilmington with hemophilia and subsequent HIV infection, which he acquired through a blood transfusion. The book, for which Mr. Smoak was awarded the IPPY gold medal for memoir, has received praise from Library Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Glamour and POZ. He has discussed the book at length on NPR's "Weekend Edition" and "The Bob Edwards Show" on XM radio.
Shelby Smoak's works of fiction, essays and poetry have been published in Northern Virginia Review, Washington Independent Review of Books, Cucalorus, Juice, The Crutch, New Thought Journal, Cities and Roads and Coastal Plains Poetry. He was awarded a PEN American Center award for writers living with HIV as well as the Melanie Hook Rice Award for Best Novel in Progress.
Mr. Smoak holds a master's degree in English and doctorate in literature. Originally from New London, N.C., he currently lives, writes and teaches in northern Virginia.